AVID July 2021 Position Statement

AVID released a position statement July 2, 2021. The statement is built around four points. In summary, we: Call on the Biden Administration to close OCPC for a history of violating DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s foundational principle of not tolerating the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention. Request that Congress cut funding for immigration … Read moreAVID July 2021 Position Statement

Process by Torment

AVID and Innovation Law Lab released a report detailing the immigration experiences of individuals who were detained at the Otero County Processing Center. The report covers pre-ICE Detention (Customs and Border Protection custody and Migrant Protection Protocols), experiences in ICE Detention, and Legal Issues that arose while detained. Download Report Executive Summary (Descargar el Resumen … Read moreProcess by Torment

Pains and Profits of Immigration Imprisonment

AVID in collaboration with professor Neil Harvey (NMSU) and students Emily Durkin (NMSU), Daniela Navarro Verdugo (Cal Poly Pomona), Brennan Ramsey (NMSU), Fernanda Reyes (U. Kansas), and Avigail Turima Romo (Columbia) released a report on the condition of migrants detained at the Otero County Processing Center. The report, supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Research … Read morePains and Profits of Immigration Imprisonment

#NoTieneMadre: Mothers demand ICE release people from detention for Mother’s Day

For Immediate Release El Paso, TX — Mothers from the El Paso/Juarez border region will be sending cards, notes and letters to loved ones inside ICE detention centers this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10. Mothers are banding together this Mother’s Day to ask ICE to release their loved ones imprisoned in detention centers amid the … Read more#NoTieneMadre: Mothers demand ICE release people from detention for Mother’s Day

PRESS RELEASE: El Paso Community Members, Immigrant Rights Groups and Activists Call for the Release of All People in Detention

For Immediate Release Press Contact: dmscelpaso@gmail.com El Paso, TX– On Thursday April, 30, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, Movement Mujeres, Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, Cosecha, Anti-Deportation Squad, and other El Paso community members and activists held a caravan car rally around the County Detention Facility, … Read morePRESS RELEASE: El Paso Community Members, Immigrant Rights Groups and Activists Call for the Release of All People in Detention

PRESS RELEASE: Allies Join Campaign to Call for the Release of Families in Detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Friday, April 3, 2020                          Contacts: avid@chihuahuan.org, dmscelpaso@gmail.com El Paso, TX– Now more than ever, members of our beloved community fear for the well-being of their loved ones currently detained at the El Paso Service Processing Center in East El Paso, Texas, amid the global pandemic … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Allies Join Campaign to Call for the Release of Families in Detention

Immigrant Advocates and Attorneys Call for Release of Cuban Asylum Seekers

For Immediate Release December 2, 2019 Contact: avid[at]chihuahuan.org In October Cuban asylum seekers at the Otero County Processing Center staged protests demanding their release from imprisonment. In response, ICE transferred a third of the men to distant detention centers in New Mexico, and kept several of them in solitary confinement at Otero for nearly a … Read moreImmigrant Advocates and Attorneys Call for Release of Cuban Asylum Seekers

Cuban Protest Letter

Below is a complaint letter sent on 18 October 2019 by Cuban asylum seekers protesting at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC). A scan of the original Spanish letter is provided first followed by an English translation. By last week, at least three individuals engaged in serious self-harm by lacerating their wrists using their identification … Read moreCuban Protest Letter

Cubans at Otero County Processing Center Protest Detention

Hunger strikes, sit-ins, and suicide attempts Protests of prolonged detention, denials of release, and lack of due process are underway yet again at the Otero County Processing Center in Chaparral, New Mexico. On Friday, October 11 at least 15 Cubans refused to come back inside from their outside yard time. Reportedly wearing multiple uniforms and … Read moreCubans at Otero County Processing Center Protest Detention

Gurjant Singh released after 75-day hunger strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2019 Media Contacts: Jessie Miles, 915-801-6181, jessie@milesimmigrationlaw.com AVID, Avid@chihuahuan.org Indian asylum seeker Gurjant Singh released after 75-day hunger strike On Monday, after a long struggle that included a 75-day hunger strike, Gurjant Singh was released from the El Paso Processing Center in El Paso, Texas. He had broken his hunger … Read moreGurjant Singh released after 75-day hunger strike

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