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Upcoming Event: National Day of the Dead Actions

Stop the Deaths, Alto a las Muertes


October 26 - November 4, 2016

Since 2003, 165 people have died in immigrant detention, including 11 deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody this year alone. From October 26 to November 4, DWN members and allies will mark the Latin American Holiday, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, with national actions.

The Day of the Dead National Actions aim to honor the lives of those who have died in immigrant detention, as recent investigations into deaths in detention have found that inadequate medical care has contributed to numerous deaths. Our goal is to have at least 10 cities across the country participate in the actions to highlight the 11 untimely deaths that have occurred this year, while amplifying the voices of those who have been directly-impacted by the immigration detention system.

Sponsoring Organizations: Alliance 4 Citizenship, United We Dream, SOA Watch, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, We Belong Together, Southeast Immigrant Rights Network, Enlace and Color of Change

Our Demands:
  • An immediate review of the 11 deaths in ICE custody this fiscal year, and publication of these reviews by January 30, 2017
  • The immediate shut down of LaSalle Detention Center, where three of this year’s deaths have occurred
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(Continuously updated – check back for more details)

Host an Event:

If interested in hosting an event that will amplify detention center deaths, please contact campaign@detentionwatchnetwork.org for support. Event examples:

  • Vigil
  • Funeral
  • Rally/demonstration
  • Tech-ins
  • Processions
  • Direct actions

Support for your Event. The DWN Action Guide:

DWN has created a Day of the Dead Action Guide, to support members and allies in making their event a success. The Action Guide includes a list of direct action materials, talking points, press templates and more!

Support for your Event. Posters:

Campaigns driving change

Detention Watch Network (DWN) works with its members to increase public awareness, build community organizing capacity and advance national advocacy strategies on immigration detention issues through coordinated campaigns.

DWN Campaigns

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    End the Quota

    The United States government arbitrarily detains immigrants across the country with the enforcement of immigration detention bed quotas that operate on a national and local level, resulting in a financial market where people’s lives are treated as profit. In 2013 DWN launched the End the Quota campaign with the goal to remove the national detention bed quota from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approbations bill and eliminate the use of guaranteed minimums from detention center contracts. Since then, the campaign has raised public awareness, garnered significant media coverage and made the quota a go-to talking point for DWN members. In 2015, DWN saw increased congressional support as legislation was introduced to remove the national quota and local quotas.

    Learn more about detention quotas and what you can do now

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    End Family Detention

    The reemergence of family detention in the summer of 2014, led DWN members and allies to launch a campaign that incorporates grassroots organizing, media work and litigation to target President Obama and DHS to end family detention. As a result, the Obama administration reformed its family detention policy to reduce the amount of time women and children are held in detention. However, DWN and its members and allies continue to push for an end to the punitive policy.

    Learn more about family detention and what you can do now

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    Expose and Close

    Expose & Close started in 2012, when DWN coordinated the release of ten reports demanding the closure of immigration detention facilities that exemplified the human rights abuses occurring system wide. In 2014, the report called attention to the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico, leading to its closure. The reports serve as educational and advocacy tools for anyone to use to challenge the detention system.

    Learn more about the series of Expose and Close reports

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