Otero County Processing Center Literature

This post is a compilation of documents related to the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC) managed by Management and Training Corporation (MTC). Included in this list are advocate and government reports, news articles, and ICE inspections revealed by FOIA. Each section is ordered by date with the most recent materials on top.

Advocate Reports regarding OCPC

Craig, Nathan, AnaKaren Ortiz Varela, Marissa C Núñez, Margaret Brown Vega, Ian Philabaum, and P.J. Podesta. “Process by Torment: Immigration Experiences of Persons Detained at the Otero County Processing Center.” El Paso: Innovation Law Lab and Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention, January 2021. https://avid.chihuahuan.org/2021/01/02/process-by-torment/.
Brown Vega, Margaret, Nathan Craig, Emily Durkin, Neil Harvey, Daniela Navarro Verdugo, Brennan Ramsey, Fernanda Reyes, and Avigail Turima Romo. “The Pains and Profits of Immigrant Imprisonment: Migrant Testimonies from ICE Detention Centers in the El Paso ICE Field Office.” Las Cruces, NM: Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention (AVID) and New Mexico State University (NMSU), November 25, 2020. https://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/_assets/documents/AVID-NSF-REU-Report-Final-Version-25-November-2020.pdf.
Craig, Nathan, and Margaret Brown Vega. “‘Why Doesn’t Anyone Investigate This Place?’: Complaints Made by Migrants Detained at the Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM Compared to Department of Homeland Security Inspections and Reports.” El Paso, TX: Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (DMSC) and Freedom for Immigrants (FFI), 2018. https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/report-on-otero.
Long, Clara, and HRW. “Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention.” New York, NY: Human Rights Watch (HRW), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), Detention Watch Network (DWN), 2018. https://www.hrw.org/report/2018/06/20/code-red/fatal-consequences-dangerously-substandard-medical-care-immigration.
Carey, Emily P. “Outsourcing Responsibility: The Human Cost of Privatized Immigration Detention in Otero County.” Las Cruces, NM: The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, 2011. https://www.aclu-nm.org/sites/default/files/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OCPC-Report.pdf.

Government Documents regarding OCPC

Rice, Kathleen. Oversight of ICE Detention Facilities: Examining ICE Contractors’ Response to COVID-19 (2020). https://homeland.house.gov/activities/hearings/oversight-of-ice-detention-facilities-examining-ice-contractors-response-to-covid-19.
Lujan Grisham, Michelle. Letter to Kevin K. McAleenan. “Extreme Concern about Persistent Reports of Inhumane Treatment of Individuals in the Custody of ICE at Detention Facilities in My State,” October 25, 2019.
Lujan Grisham, Michelle. Letter to Joseph V. Cuffari. “Extreme Concern about Persistent Reports of Inhumane Treatment of Individuals in the Custody of ICE in My State,” October 25, 2019.
DHS OIG. “ICE’s Inspections and Monitoring of Detention Facilities Do Not Lead to Sustained Compliance or Systemic Improvements.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), 2018. https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2018-06/OIG-18-67-Jun18.pdf.
DHS OIG. “Concerns about ICE Detainee Treatment and Care at Detention Facilities.” Washington, D.C.: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), December 11, 2017. https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2017-12/OIG-18-32-Dec17.pdf.

News Articles regarding OCPC

Kladzyk, René, El Paso Matters January 5, and 2021. “ICE Detainees Face Systemic Torture at El Paso Area Immigration Facility, New Report Says.” El Paso Matters (blog), January 6, 2021. https://elpasomatters.org/2021/01/05/ice-detainees-at-el-paso-area-immigration-facility-face-systemic-torture-new-report-says/.
Devereaux, Ryan. “‘Theater of Compliance’: New Report Details How ICE Escapes Detention Center Oversight.” The Intercept, January 5, 2021. https://theintercept.com/2021/01/05/ice-detention-center-oversight-report/.
Baumann, Minerva. “NMSU Student Research Outlines Problems in Private Immigration Detention Facilities.” Las Cruces Sun-News, January 2, 2021. https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2021/01/02/nmsu-student-research-outlines-problems-private-immigration-detention-facilities/4048433001/.
Dunlap, Susan. “During Pandemic, a Privately Run Detention Center Sought to Find New Migrants to Detain.” The NM Political Report, September 14, 2020. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/09/14/during-pandemic-a-privately-run-detention-center-sought-to-find-new-migrants-to-detain/.
Michaels, Patrick, and Laura C. Morel. “‘We Sent 500 Tests. They Don’t Answer Calls’: Inside ICE’s Coronavirus Testing Disaster.” Reveal, September 10, 2020. https://www.revealnews.org/article/ice-coronavirus-testing-disaster/.
Moore, Robert. “65 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Private Detention Complex in Southern New Mexico.” El Paso Matters (blog), May 14, 2020. https://elpasomatters.org/2020/05/14/65-covid-19-cases-tied-to-private-detention-complex-in-southern-new-mexico/.
Brown Vega, Margaret, and Nathan Craig. “Commentary: Continued ICE Detention Risks Spread of COVID-19 in El Paso Region.” El Paso Matters (blog), April 5, 2020. https://elpasomatters.org/2020/04/05/commentary-continued-ice-detention-risks-spread-of-covid-19-in-el-paso-region/.
Heinrich, Martin. “Heinrich Calls For Investigation Into ICE Preparedness For Dealing With COVID-19 | U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.” The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, March 26, 2020. https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/press-releases/heinrich-calls-for-investigation-into-ice-preparedness-for-dealing-with-covid-19.
Flores, Adolfo. “ICE Detainees Were Held Without Bond Hearings For Months. Attorneys Worry It Will Get Worse.” BuzzFeed News, February 13, 2020. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/ice-detainees-held-without-bond-hearings-otero-new-mexico.
ICE. “ICE Detainee Passes Away in Albuquerque Hospital.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE Newsroom, January 1, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainee-passes-away-albuquerque-hospital.
ICE. “ICE Detainee Passes Away in Albuquerque Hospital,” January 1, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainee-passes-away-albuquerque-hospital.
Aleaziz, Hamed. “A French Man Has Died While At A Hospital In ICE Custody.” BuzzFeed News, December 30, 2019. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/french-man-died-hospital-ice-custody-immigration-customs.
Alvarado, Monsy, Ashley Balcerzak, Stacey Barchenger, Jon Campbell, Rafael Carranza, Maria Clark, Alan Gomez, et al. “Deaths in Custody. Sexual Violence. Hunger Strikes. What We Uncovered inside ICE Facilities across the US.” USA Today, December 20, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2019/12/19/ice-asylum-under-trump-exclusive-look-us-immigration-detention/4381404002/.
Martinez Sanchez, Maria. “Letter to Warden Orozco Re Moises Funez Padilla,” November 23, 2019.
KXAN.com. “Advocates Fear Mass Suicide at ICE Facility in Southern NM,” October 18, 2019. https://www.kxan.com/news/advocates-fear-mass-suicide-at-ice-facility-in-southern-nm/.
Howard, Leon, and María Martínez Sánchez. “Misuse of Segregation for Jesus Lorenzo Avila (A# XXX-XXX-XXX) in the Otero County Processing Center,” July 26, 2019. https://www.aclu-nm.org/sites/default/files/field_documents/demand_letter_to_ocpc_re_misuse_of_segregation_-_jesus_lorenzo_avila.pdf.
Lavers, Michael K., and Ernesto Valle. “Mother of Trans Salvadoran Woman Who Died after Leaving ICE Custody Demands Answers.” Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights (blog), July 26, 2019. https://www.washingtonblade.com/2019/07/26/mother-of-trans-salvadoran-woman-who-died-after-leaving-ice-custody-demands-answers/.
Calzadilla, Tamoa. “‘They’re taking it out on me’: Jesús Ávila’s desperate words in an ICE isolation cell.” Univision, June 5, 2019. https://www.univision.com/univision-news/immigration/theyre-taking-it-out-on-me-jesus-avila-gets-desperate-in-his-cell-isolated-at-an-ice-center.
Craig, Nathan, and Margaret Brown Vega. “Trans Asylum Seeker Dies After Pleading to ICE for Medical Care.” The Nation, June 4, 2019. https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-otero-joa-transgender-death/.
Kesslen, Ben. “Transgender Asylum-Seeker Dies after Six Weeks in ICE Custody.” NBC News, June 3, 2019. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/transgender-asylum-seeker-dies-after-six-weeks-ice-custody-n1012956.
Levin, Sam. “Trans Woman Seeking Asylum Dies after Pleading for Medical Help in US Custody.” The Guardian, June 3, 2019, sec. US news. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/03/trans-migrant-dies-ice-us-immigration-johana-leon.
Ockerman, Emma. “Trans Woman Diagnosed With HIV Died Days After ICE Released Her.” Vice News (blog), June 3, 2019. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/43j7y3/trans-woman-diagnosed-with-hiv-died-days-after-ice-released-her.
Moore, Robert. “Transgender Woman Migrant Who Had Been in ICE Custody Dies after Falling Ill.” Washington Post, June 2, 2019, sec. Immigration. https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/transgender-woman-migrant-who-had-been-in-ice-custody-dies-after-falling-ill/2019/06/02/d194528a-85a6-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html.
Dolan, Chris. “For Immediate Release: Claim Filed Against U.s. Government for Transgender Immigrant’s Death | Dolan Law Firm.” Dolan Law Firm, June 2019. https://dolanlawfirm.com/2019/06/claim-filed-against-u-s-government-for-transgender-immigrants-death/.
Molloy, Molly. “Living and Dying in Border Purgatory.” News. NACLA (blog), May 29, 2019. /blog/2019/05/29/living-and-dying-border-purgatory.
Brustin, Stacy. “I Toured an Immigration Detention Center. The Prison-Like Atmosphere Was Mind-Numbing.” News. US Today, May 16, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2019/05/16/ice-immigration-detention-center-like-prison-otero-column/1190633001/.
Bixby, Scott. “Trans Migrant Women in ICE Detention Allegedly Told to Bathe With Men.” The Daily Beast, March 27, 2019, sec. politics. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trans-migrant-women-in-ice-detention-allegedly-told-to-bathe-with-men.
Santa Fe Dreamers Project, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, and ACLU-NM. Letter of Complaint to Wayne Cox, John V. Kelly, Cameron Quinn, Claire Trickler-McNulty, and Dora Orozco. “Detention Conditions Impacting the Safety and Well-Being of LGBTQ Immigrants in the Otero County Processing Center.” Letter of Complaint, March 25, 2019. https://www.aclu-nm.org/sites/default/files/field_documents/advance_copy_of_3.25.2019_las_americas_santa_fe_dreamers_project_aclu-nm_letter_to_dhs_re_otero.pdf.
Moore, Robert. “Gay, Transgender Detainees Allege Abuse at ICE Facility in New Mexico.” Washington Post, March 25, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/gay-transgender-detainees-allege-abuse-at-ice-facility-in-new-mexico/2019/03/25/e33ad6b6-4f10-11e9-a3f7-78b7525a8d5f_story.html.
MTC. “Building Up Men at the Otero County Processing Center Through New Opportunity.” Management and Training Corporation (MTC) (blog), December 17, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20200919204121/https://www.mtctrains.com/corrections/building-up-men-at-the-otero-county-processing-center-through-new-opportunity/.
PTI. “American Dream Landing Punjabi Youths in US Jails.” The Economic Times, June 22, 2018. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/american-dream-landing-punjabi-youths-in-us-jails/articleshow/64697275.cms.
The Round Table. “Students Explore Issues around Immigration at El Paso,” March 26, 2018. http://beloitcollegeroundtable.com/2018/03/26/border-awareness-trip/.
Macaraeg, Sarah. “Conditions at Otero County ICE Detention Center Raise Concerns.” NMPolitics.net, January 3, 2018. https://nmpolitics.net/index/2018/01/conditions-at-otero-county-ice-detention-center-raise-concerns/.
Macaraeg, Sarah. “Problems at Otero County ICE Detention Center Found in Audit.” Las Cruces Sun-News, December 23, 2017. http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/12/23/problems-otero-county-ice-prison-found-audit/978394001/.
ICE. “ICE Detainee Passes Away at Texas Hospital.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE Newsroom, April 28, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainee-passes-away-texas-hospital-1.
Maxilom, Janessa. “County Reduces Detainee Fee at ICE Facility.” Alamogoredo Daily News. September 13, 2013. NewsBank.
Cárdenas, Lourdes. “Immigration Case Highlights Legal Flaws.” El Paso Times. May 28, 2013. NewsBank.
Barry, Tom. “A Death in Texas: Profits, Poverty, and Immigration Converge.” News. Boston Review, November 1, 2009. https://bostonreview.net/us/death-texas.
Gibel, Bryan. “More Detainees, Bigger Lockup.” Santa Fe New Mexican. March 18, 2008. NewsBank.
Bureau, Angela Kocherga | Journal Staff Writer-Las Cruces. “NM Senators Seek Investigation into ICE Detention Centers.” Accessed December 3, 2019. https://www.abqjournal.com/1393134/nm-senators-seek-investigation-into-ice-detention-centers-ex-heinrich-udall-point-to-reports-of-inhumane-treatment-of-detainees-particularly-in-the-otero-county-center.html.
Bureau, Angela Kocherga | Journal Staff Writer-Las Cruces. “Gov. Wants U.S. Probe of Otero County Lockup.” Accessed October 29, 2019. https://www.abqjournal.com/1384410/gov-wants-fed-probe-of-otero-county-lockup.html.
jgould@sfnewmexican.com, Jens Erik Gould |. “Lujan Grisham Asks for Probe of Treatment at Detention Centers.” Santa Fe New Mexican. Accessed October 30, 2019. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lujan-grisham-asks-for-probe-of-treatment-at-detention-centers/article_950258e1-b71b-5ec8-95de-2baf01c75e6e.html.

ICE Inspections of OCPC

ICE. “Detainee Death Report: Mavinga, Samuelino Pitchout.” Detainee Death Report. Washington D. C.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, February 4, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/reports/ddr-MAVINGA.pdf.
ERO. “Facility Significant Incident Summary, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, January 28-January 30, 2020.” Detention Review Significant Incident Summary and Cover Letter. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), January 28, 2020. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/oteroCoProcCenNM_SIS_01-30-2020.pdf, https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/oteroCoProcCenNM_CL_01-30-2020.pdf.
ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, January 29-January 31, 2019.” Detention Facility Review. Washington, D.C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, January 29, 2019. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/OTRPCNM19_SIS_1-31-2019.pdf, https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/OTRPCNM19_CL_1-31-2019.pdf.
ICE. “Detainee Death Review: Rafael Barcenas Padilla JICMS #201605426.” Detainee Death Review. Washington D. C.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, December 2017. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/reports/ddr-Barcenas.pdf.
ODO. “Compliance Inspection, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, August 9-11, 2016.” Washington D. C.: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Professional Responsibility, Inspection of Detention and Oversight Division, Office of Detention Oversight, August 9, 2016. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/2016-OteroCountyProcessingCenter.pdf.
ODO. “Compliance Inspection, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, March 5-7, 2013.” El Paso Field Office: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, Office of Detention Oversight, March 5, 2013. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/odo-compliance-inspections/otero-county-chaparral-nm-mar5-7_2013.pdf.
ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, February 22-24, 2012.” Detention Facility Review. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, February 22, 2012. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2053944-otero-county-processing-center-2012-ero-inspection.html.
ODO. “Quality Assurance Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, June 21-23, 2011.” El Paso Field Office: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, Office of Detention Oversight, June 21, 2011. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2053975-otero-county-processing-center-2011-odo-inspection.html.
ODO. “Follow-up Inspection, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, April 13-15, 2010.” El Paso Field Office: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, Office of Detention Oversight, April 13, 2010. http://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/oterocountyprisonchaparralnm0413152010.pdf.
ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, March 9-11, 2010.” Detention Facility Review. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, March 2010. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/oterocountyprisonchaparralnm0309112010.pdf.
DFIG. “Quality Assurance Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, June 16-18, 2009.” El Paso Field Office: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, Management Inspections Unit, Detention Facilities Inspection Group, June 16, 2009. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1813834-otero-county-processing-center-2009-odo-inspection.html.
ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, March 3-5, 2009.” Detention Facility Review. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, March 12, 2009. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/oterocountyprisonchaparralnm0303052009.pdf.
ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, Sept 16-18, 2008.” Detention Facility Review. Washington D. C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, September 16, 2008. http://www.ice.gov/doclib/foia/dfra-ice-dro/oterocountyprocessingcenterchaparralnmseptember16182008.pdf.
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