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Action Alert: End Family Detention Week of Action

April 30, 2015

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Sign the petition calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña to end family detention.

Make your Voice Heard on Mother’s Day

Sign up for DWN’s Mother’s Day Thunderclap 
A Thunderclap is a coordinated shared post on Facebook and Twitter to amplify a call to action. By signing up, Thunderclap will post to your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts on your behalf for a *one-time* only post at the same time as others.

Participate in an Action Near You on May 2nd

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New Policy Brief: Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration

April 20, 2015

deterrence2DWN’s new policy brief, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, examines the inappropriate use of deterrence as a rationale for immigration detention. In light of the recent lawsuit RILR v. Johnson, Ending the Use of Immigration Detention to Deter Migration, provides a broader context of the use of deterrence in immigration detention as a misguided practice of an overall system that seeks to punish and criminalize immigrants.

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Wednesday April 1 in #Newark #NJ: Screening of “Detention Stories: Life Inside the New Angel Island”

March 30, 2015



& Discussion of an Upcoming Project in New York & New Jersey

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is proud to release Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s New Angel Island, a documentary film series that explores the social and cultural world inside California’s immigration detention centers through individuals who are in the best position to describe it: men and women in detention. Come learn about the history of immigration detention in California from the early 1900s to the present and about how you can get involved with our upcoming stories project on immigration detention in New York and New Jersey. 

Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

Location: Rutgers University, The Martini Foundation Lecture Hall,

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New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention

March 19, 2015



Thursday, 19 March 2015


Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 :


DWN: “New ICE Policy Caves to Radical Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers, Needlessly Restricts Release from Detention”

Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama to Stop ICE’s Escalation of War on Immigrants


Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network, in reaction to ICE’s announcement that it would dramatically ramp up oversight and release procedures for immigrants with criminal convictions:

This announcement is not the result of reasoned policy analysis. Rather it was released the night before new ICE Director Sarah Saldaña was to testify before Congress and represents a preemptive surrender to its most zealously anti-immigrant members. Decisions on immigration policy and the detention of immigrants should never be based on crude political calculations.

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DWN Slams Inhofe Amendment to Senate Trafficking Bill

March 12, 2015



Thursday, 12 March 2015


Brett Abrams :

DWN Slams Inhofe Amendment to Senate Trafficking Bill As Massive and Unconstitutional Escalation of US Detention Program

Detention Watch Network Says Proposed Inhofe Amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Would Threaten All US Non-Citizens with Indefinite & Random Detention

Statement from Mary Small, policy director of the Detention Watch Network, on Senator James Inhofe’s (R-OK) proposed amendment (Inhofe 275) to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act:

“Simply put – Sen. Inhofe’s amendment is unconstitutional, a waste of taxpayer dollars and unfairly denies immigrants basic US civil rights – like a day in court. Inhofe’s amendment seeks to punish US immigrants who have been leading productive lives for years – in a cruel, and abusive use of federal policy – all without any meaningful judicial review.

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DWN Statement: Obama Budget Harms Immigrants by Funding Increased Detentions and Monitoring #EndtheQuota #ExposeandClose

February 3, 2015


For Immediate Release: February 3, 2015

Contact: Molly Haigh,

Analysis: Obama Budget Harms Immigrants by Funding Increased Detentions and Monitoring

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House announced it’s proposed budget for the 2016 financial year. In response, the Detention Watch Network released the following analysis of how the budget could affect detention levels in the coming year.

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Faith Leaders Denounce Private Prison’s Use of Chaplain to Whitewash Record of Abuse #ShutDownStewart #ExposeandClose

January 12, 2015


Photo By: Steve Pavey


Monday, 12 January 2014

CONTACT: Brett Abrams :

Faith Leaders Denounce Private Prison’s Use of Chaplain to Whitewash Record of Abuse

Open Letter to Corrections Corporation of America Laments the Use of Staff Chaplain to Hide Treatment of Immigrants Detained at Stewart Detention Center in Georgia

GEORGIA — In December, faith leaders and immigration activists from around the country were strongly disappointed to read an op-ed titled “Report of nightmarish detention untrue,” penned by Corrections Corporation of America chaplain, Rev. Joseph Shields, and published in The Hill as a response to the article “Living Nightmare for Detained Immigrants in Georgia” by Azadeh Shahshahani.   In response, faith leaders have addressed an open letter to Rev. Joseph Shields and the Corrections Corporation of America, calling on the corporation and the facility’s chaplain to “stand on spiritual authority, alongside the unjustly detained children of God, and against any actor, who dehumanizes, commodifies or mistreats those entrusted to his spiritual care, including his employer.”


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