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New report details Biden’s broken promises on ending the use of private prisons in federal incarceration and immigration detention

December 2, 2021

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.

Approaching World Children's Day, Mobile Ads in Washington DC Demand an End to Child Migrant Detention

November 18, 2021

Washington, DC — Today and tomorrow, leading into World Children's Day (November 20), mobile ads calling attention to the detention of migrant children are being displayed throughout prominent streets of downtown DC. Although World Children’s Day should be a day of celebration for children all around the world, advocates highlight the contradiction of thousands of migrant children who remain detained in  Health and Human Services (HHS)  “emergency intake” and “influx” child detention sites.

Immigrant Rights Activists Hold Day of the Dead Events Across the Country to Honor Lives Taken by Immigration Detention While Urgently Demanding the Biden Administration Take Action

November 1, 2021

Washington, DC — In honor of the Latin American holiday, Day of the Dead, 10 events are happening across the country  to remember the lives taken by the immigration enforcement system and demand urgent action in coordination with Detention Watch Network and the We Are Home Campaign. Since Biden took office, five people have died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. This follows ICE’s highest death toll in 15 years with 21 deaths occurring in FY 2020. 

220 Immigrant and Human Rights Groups call on the Biden administration to immediately halt immigration detention expansion and terminate contracts

October 8, 2021

Washington, DC — Today Detention Watch Network, Shut Down Berks Coalition, JUNTOS, National Immigrant Justice Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, Aldea - the People’s Justice Center, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), the Nationalities Service Center (NSC), and CASA delivered a letter to President Biden and Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of 220 immigrant and human rights groups