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Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014


For Immediate Release:

Contact: Silky Shah,

Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country

After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.

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Action Alert: Stop the Detention of Families

July 22, 2014

via Grassroots Leadership: Drawing by a child who was held at the Hutto Family Detention Center.

This week the House and Senate will be addressing President Obama’s supplemental request for $3.7 billion in response to the increase of women and children seeking refuge at the border. As part of the package, the Administration has requested an expansion to 6,300 detention beds, which will include family detention centers to hold women and children behind bars. Expansion has already started in New Mexico and Texas and is expected to continue in the coming weeks.

Help stop the needless incarceration of families and children by calling your member of Congress TODAY and telling them Congress should not fund family detention. Read more…

via @Grassroots_News: Grassroots Leadership decries return of for-profit immigrant family detention in Texas

July 21, 2014

Reposted from Grassroots Leadership:

For immediate release:
Contact: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership, (512)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to detain children and families fleeing violence at a for-profit prison in Karnes City, Texas

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Grassroots Leadership is deeply disappointed by the announcement today that the Karnes County Civil Detention Center southeast of San Antonio will be used to detain families and children fleeing violence in Central America.

The 600-bed Karnes County Detention Center is operated by for-profit private prison company GEO Group which has a long history of prisoner abuse, lawsuits alleging human rights violations, and deaths in custody. Read more…

Job Openings: DWN Organizer positions in #LosAngeles and #DC

July 21, 2014

DWNlogo lightorangeDetention Watch Network is hiring for two organizer positions. Short descriptions are below with links to the job postings. Please pass on to your networks or anyone you think might be a good fit.

DWN Lead Organizer
Location: Los Angeles, CA

DWN is seeking a full-time Lead Organizer who will work manage DWN’s national campaign and build our capacity on the West Coast, by recruiting and cultivating new and existing DWN members and supporting local and national efforts to stop detention expansion.

DWN Organizer
Location: Washington, DC

DWN is seeking a full-time Organizer who will help build the power of the network and our members by recruiting new organizations and individuals to join; and growing DWN’s capacity to support local, regional and national efforts challenging detention.

Report Back on Hill Briefing “Since My Mother Left”: Immigrant Children, Youth & Parents Tell their Stories of Family Separation

July 18, 2014

Guest post by DWN intern Diana Ofunwa:

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On July 9, 2014, over 90 immigrant children and their families traveled from New Jersey to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to share their stories of family separation and their dreams of a better tomorrow. The event was organized by the American Friends Service Committee, in collaboration with Detention Watch Network, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Wind of the Spirit, and Centro Communitario CEUS and in cooperation with Senator Robert Menendez, and Representative Rush Holt. It provided a day of unity, education, and action.

The day began with a Congressional briefing.  Rep. Rush Holt gave an empowering speech and asked the briefing attendees, “Help change the immigration framing.  It’s not an immigration ‘problem.’”  He also pushed back on the current narrative of enforcement first at the border, stating, “The children at the border are not numbers. They are not objects. Can we in good conscience just send them back?”

Rep. Holt set the tone of the day and was followed by children directly affected who spoke on how the current broken immigration system has impacted them and their families. Read more…

Recap of 34 Days to #EndtheQuota

July 18, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 10.44.23 AMEDTTHANK YOU for making the 34 days to end the 34,000 immigrant detention bed quota a great success!

Together, we reached thousands of people across the country with actions, vigils, social media, videos, posters, infographics, twitter chats, advocacy days, briefings, legislative meetings, community meetings, presentations, and numerous other activities. So many people stepped up in unexpected, beautiful, and creative ways to express our collective indignation with the system of immigration detention, and the need to #EndTheQuota once and for all!

Here are some of the activities that took place during the 34 days to End The Quota: Read more…

Detention Watch Network Launches New Microsite, Featuring “Bedtime Stories” Representing Detained Immigrants #EndtheQuota

July 16, 2014

Bedtime_StoriesAs part of the End the Quota Campaign, Detention Watch Network, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Codesign Studio, have launched a new microsite featuring “bedtime stories” told by volunteers representing immigrants who have been or are currently detained by the US government as part of the immigration detention bed quota.
The website, which features the experiences of people in immigration detention, tracks the nights at home that those currently detained have been deprived and calculates the total cost of the bed quota enforcement over the time that the viewer has been to the website.


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