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, 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.
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 Reports on OCPC

Lujan Grisham, Michelle. “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. “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

Martinez Sanchez, Maria. “Letter to Warden Orozco Re Moises Funez Padilla.Pdf,” November 23, 2019.
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, 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, 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, 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.
ACLU-NM. Letter of Complaint. “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.
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.
“Students Explore Issues around Immigration at El Paso.” The Round Table, 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/.
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, June 13, 2012. https://bostonreview.net/us/death-texas.
Gibel, Bryan. “More Detainees, Bigger Lockup.” Santa Fe New Mexican. March 18, 2008. NewsBank.

ICE Inspections of OCPC

ERO. “Detention Facility Review, Otero County Processing Center, Chaparral, NM, January 29-February1, 2019.” Detention Facility Review. Washington, D.C.: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Department of Homeland Security, February 29, 2019. https://www.ice.gov/doclib/facilityInspections/OTRPCNM19_SIS_1-31-2019.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.