Voices From Detention

Voices from Detention brings forward the voices of those most impacted by the unjust immigration detention system via audio phone recordings from people inside immigrant detention centers across the country.

NEW Voices from Detention: Lissett

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 country. 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. 

Lissett has been on the forefront of fighting for the liberation of all families in detention. She was a brave participant in the Karnes hunger strike and was placed in solitary confinement as a form of retaliation as a result. Fortunately, since recording this Voices from Detention, Lissett and her son have been released. Thousands of mothers and children still remain in family detention centers just like Lissett and Alexis, as well as, the larger population of immigrant men who are unjustly and inhumanely detained every day in a system of over 200 detention centers across the country. 

* Special thanks to RAICES for coordinating the interview.

Voices from Detention: Elder

Elder is a father of two young children, who has been detained at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona for more than 6 months. He has several serious health conditions that are rapidly deteriorating and he is being denied appropriate medical care while in detention. In 2000, Elder was shot in the stomach while living in Guatemala, leaving him with a colostomy bag. Now, while in detention, he has severe and ongoing health issues, including gastritis, ulcers, and a stomach infection, all of which leave him unable to swallow solid food. ICE is refusing to follow Elder's doctor's orders, denying him medications and the specialized diet he needs, therefore, risking his life. Elder has been in segregation for at least 2 weeks, after an interaction with a guard in which he refused to follow orders that directly contradicted his doctor's advice. He is being punished for requesting appropriate medical care.

* Special thanks to Puente Arizona for coordinating the interview.

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