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Jan 16 in #DC: Congressional Hearing on Reforming Immigration Detention

January 13, 2014

HRF&USIRFA Discussion with Leading Experts

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)

45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC Washington, DC

*light refreshments will be served*

Congress appropriates over $2 billion annually to operate an immigration detention system of jails and jail-like facilities that detains around 400,000 individuals each year. The purpose of this system is to maximize compliance with court hearings and final orders, not to punish immigrants and those seeking protection from violence and persecution abroad. The bi-partisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and experts on detention have identified recommendations for reform, with USCIRF issuing its most recent report last year. Despite some steps, the system continues to lag in reforms. As new leadership takes the helm at the Department of Homeland Security, and as Congress begins work on Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations, American leaders face key opportunities to renew this country’s commitment to protection and immigration detention reform.

Introductory Remarks:

  • Galen Carey, Vice President, Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals


  • Elizabeth Cassidy, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Dora Schriro, Commissioner, New York City Department of Correction
  • Julie Myers Wood, President, Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions LLC; former Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Moderated by:

Please join Human Rights First and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for a discussion with leading experts about the current state of immigration detention and recommendations for more effective policies.

  • How do asylum seekers seeking protection in the United States end up in detention?
  • What are alternatives to costly and inhumane immigration detention practices, and how successful are they?
  • How can best practices in law enforcement and the criminal justice systems inform the conversation on immigration detention reform?
  • What is the 34,000 bed “quota”?
  • And how can the United States design policies that are consistent with U.S. values and human rights commitments while securing compliance?

Please RSVP by January 15, 2014 by clicking here or using the following link:

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