Today, the National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Project, and Detention Watch Network welcomed the announcement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will no longer use the Etowah County Jail (Etowah) in Alabama. This announcement is a credit to more than a decade of community organizing by Alabama immigrant rights activists and brave advocacy from people detained in the facility.
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New Damning DHS OIG report on ICE Detention Adds to the Overwhelming Bank of Evidence Detailing the Inherently Cruel and Abusive Nature of Immigration Detention
Washington, DC — In response to a deeply troubling report issued today by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that exposes egregious conditions at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Torrance County Detention Facility (Torrance) in New Mexico and calls on ICE to immediately empty the facility, Setareh Ghandehari, Advocacy Director of Detention Watch Network, issued the following statement:
Biden Administration Doubles Down on Harmful Child Detention as ORR looks to Expand Network of Sites
Washington, D.C. - A year since the Biden Administration opened dozens of “emergency intake sites” in response to unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border, at least three emergency intake sites and one “influx” site remain open. Advocates say that these sites that were meant to be temporary are simply child detention by another name.
85 immigrant and human rights groups call for investigation & demand private prison ban extend to ICE detention
Washington, DC — Today American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, Detention Watch Network, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Immigrant Justice Center and the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG) sent a request to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the OIG for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) re
Washington, DC — In response to Axios reporting that the Biden administration is planning an expanded home confinement and curfew pilot program, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:
One year later, Biden has failed to live up to his campaign promises and has dramatically increased immigration detention amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Washington, DC — Today, the Biden administration marks one year in office. Detention Watch Network, along with other immigration advocates, are disappointed and frustrated that Biden broke his campaign promises to undo the criminalization and punitive nature of the immigration detention system.
One Year into Biden Administration, 900 Faith Leaders, Religious and Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Biden Halt Inhumane Immigration Detention
Washington, DC — Today, 900 spiritual leaders and multiple faith-based and immigrant rights groups delivered a letter to the White House urging the Biden administration to immediately halt all efforts to expand immigrant detention.
Detention Watch Network demands to see an official end to family detention that results in the permanent closure of detention facilities
Washington, DC – In response to Axios reporting that the Biden administration will stop detaining undocumented families in detention centers, Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:
Detention Watch Network blasts ICE’s intention, disclosed in private letter, to expand immigration detention
Washington, DC — In December, Detention Watch Network received a letter from Tae D.
New report details Biden’s broken promises on ending the use of private prisons in federal incarceration and immigration detention
Washington, DC — The Biden administration has failed to deliver on the promise to end the use of private prisons in federal incarceration and immigration detention, according to “Broken Promises: Limits of Biden's Executive Order on Private Prisons” a new report released today by Detention Watch Network and Project South.