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#EndDetention Week of Action & New Voices from Detention

July 7, 2015

NEW Voices from Detention

To kickoff the week of action to end immigrant detention, Detention Watch Network is releasing a new video in our Voices from Detention series.
Voices from Detention brings forward the voices of those most impacted by the unjust immigration detention system via audio phone recordings from people locked up inside detention centers.

Meet Lissett and Alexis – Listen to their story

Lissett Pineda and her 11-year-old son, Alexis, fled Honduras after learning about the death of one of Alexis’ close friends, emblematic of the escalating violence throughout the region. Lissett feared for her son’s life and was willing to do anything to protect him. She came to the United States seeking asylum and instead was met with bars at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas. It was there that Lissett and Alexis spent nine months locked up.

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New DWN and CCR Report: Financial Market for Immigrant Detention Exposed

June 11, 2015


New Report: Financial Market for Immigrant Detention Exposed

Report Explores Widespread Use of Local Guaranteed Minimum Contracts in Detaining Immigrants in LA, Phoenix, Houston, Miami, San Antonio, San Diego, and More

REPORTWashington, DC – A new report, “Banking on Detention: Local Lockup Quotas and the Immigrant Dragnet” released today by Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights explores and exposes the depth of local lockup quotas in immigrant detention across 15 facilities in half of ICE’s field offices under the Obama Administration.

Major areas with local quotas include: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Phoenix, Miami, Seattle, Houston, San Diego, Buffalo, New Orleans, and Newark.

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ICE’s New Family Detention Policies Nothing More Than a Delay Tactic, No Meaningful Changes

May 14, 2015


For Immediate Release: May 14, 2015

Contact: Molly Haigh,

DWN: ICE’s New Family Detention Policies Nothing More Than a Delay Tactic, No Meaningful Changes

Statement from Detention Watch Network Co-Director Silky Shah on ICE’s new policies on family detention:

“After successful litigation and months of actions against family detention, including a rally of 600 at Dilley earlier this month, ICE is clearly feeling pressure to address concerns around family detention. Unfortunately their new policy is nothing more than a delay tactic. ICE’s new ‘standards’ for detaining families still don’t meet the basic standards of human decency or rights. Putting women and children fleeing violence behind bars is appalling— and ICE’s latest moves change nothing on that front. It’s time for the Obama Administration and ICE to end their failed family detention program, and close these facilities once and for all. It’s time to remove this stain from America’s human rights record.”

Clinton Underestimates America’s Detention Problem

May 7, 2015
Statement from Silky Shah, Co-Director of Detention Watch Network on Clinton’s roundtable addressing American’s immigration detention system problems: 

“We are encouraged to hear Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton join the growing consensus that our profit-driven immigration detention system is inhumane and morally corrupt. However, in calling for a more ‘humane’ system, Clinton misses the heart of the problem. Detaining people for a civil immigration violation for months and years at a time simply cannot be made humane. Our immigration system should at all costs work to avoid putting people behind bars for searching for a better life. That means eliminating the immigrant detention quota Clinton referred to in her roundtable, which requires 34,000 people be locked up at any given time. It also means ending detention of families, and it means completely dismantling a system that incentivizes human suffering: no more detention, period.”

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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