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1. #DignityNotDetention prohibits NY State government from entering into immigration detention contracts & prohibits them from receiving any payments related to immigration detention.
Feb 22, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
BREAKING: Freedom for Immigrants and 9 partner orgs submitted a civil rights complaint against the Glades County Detention Center in Florida. Link to the full CRCL in comments. freedomforimmigrants.org/news/shut-down…
With 25 testimonies, it details atrocities happening inside Glades, including: ICE’s failures to follow court orders to release individuals; retaliation for protests and public reporting; use of toxic chemical spray in enclosed spaces; hospitalizations, deaths, and disappearances
Feb 10, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Our National Detention Hotline received a disturbing call from a Black immigrant in an ICE prison who had experienced physical abuse at the hands of the guards.
Hotline volunteers acted quickly to file a civil rights complaint on his behalf.
In an interview, our Director of Visitation Advocacy Strategies, Sofia Casini, highlighted the connection between the abuse of Black immigrants in ICE prison with abuse at the hands of law enforcement.
This morning, we @ Freedom for Immigrants and @DetentionWatch Network delivered a letter to @POTUS on behalf of 217 groups demanding President Biden address COVID-19 inside immigration detention by releasing everyone within the first 100 days #FreeThemAll
1. Stop inter-facility transfers during the pandemic 2. Stop jail/prison to ICE transfers during the pandemic 3. Require ICE to comply with CDC guidance 4. Require ICE to release people to comply
Sep 29, 2020 • 19 tweets • 10 min read
🧵 #Thread: 6 mo. ago we launched a #COVID19 Hotline to document abuses in ICE prisons. Since then, we’ve received over 10k calls. We just published our latest report analyzing data from the Hotline, attorneys, advocates & media reports.
Here’s what we found 👇 #FreeThemAll
Since our last update, ICE officials announced three deaths in custody. Fernando Sabonger-Garcia; Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez; and Romien Jally.
21 people have lost their lives in ICE custody this fiscal year, the highest in 15 years.
#Thread: The news of forced hysterectomies at a private ICE prison in GA has shocked the nation.
Even more shocking, however, is how routine medical abuse is at these immigrant prisons, including those run by private prison companies where transparency is beyond zero.
In CA, the vast majority of people in ICE custody are jailed at private prisons. @AGBecerra MUST investigate these facilities to hold GEO & CoreCivic accountable.
#THREAD: In May we began to receive distressing calls to our Hotline about a toxic chemical disinfectant being used at #Adelanto. Callers described bloody noses, nausea, & skin burns.
As a result, we filed a civil rights complaint with @IC4IJ. laist.com/2020/05/22/adv…
The chemical is called HDQ Neutral. According to the label, this toxic substance should only be used outside in well-ventilated areas. Not in cages.
A fact-sheet from @Earthjustice describes just how dangerous HDQ Neutral is.
Our Co-Executive Director, @ChristinaFialho, explains why the @CityofAdelanto's attempt to ram the GEO Group's proposed expansion of immigration detention through the approval process is completely illegal, and what we plan to do about it.
NEW: We filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of #Etowah Co.
Last fall, following a peaceful protest outside the jail, the Sheriff retaliated & blocked volunteers from visiting men detained there.
This violates the free speech rights of community members: freedomforimmigrants.org/news/2020/9/1/…
“Once again, the Etowah Co. Sheriff’s Office is trying to make visitor volunteers choose between their First Amendment rights & supporting people in immigration detention [...] This is not a choice the government can legally ask them to make,"
Abolishing immigration detention takes a global movement. And it can #StartWith1visit.
Today, we & @AVIDdetention released an open letter to the US & UK to #FreeThemAll from immigration detention on behalf of 40 visitation groups at 47 immigrant prisons static1.squarespace.com/static/5a33042…
We & our partners at @AVIDdetention convene networks of volunteer visitor groups across the US & UK. Volunteer visitor groups not only provide interpersonal support to people isolated in detention centers, they also monitor for human and civil rights abuses.
Aug 18, 2020 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
This stunning story from @dglaun exposes exactly what we've been documenting in our #COVID19 reporting since the start of the pandemic: ICE is lying and people are dying.
Each month we publish a report on #COVID19 in ICE prisons using data through our National Immigration Detention Hotline and advocacy networks.
🧵 #Thread: 3 mo. ago we launched a #COVID19 Hotline to document abuses in ICE prisons. Since then, we received nearly 10k calls.
We just published our latest report analyzing data from the Hotline & media reports. Here’s what we found 👇 #FreeThemAllfreedomforimmigrants.org/covid19
Since our last update, ICE officials announced two additional deaths in custody.