Advocating for detained migrants with disabilities

Tuesday November 6, 2018 was the monthly program coordinators conference call for FFI’s national network of local programs. During this month’s call, one of the primary themes was advocating for detained migrants with disabilities. Relevant information from that discussion is presented below along with key portions of the ICE detention standards.ICE is required to make “reasonable accommodation” for individuals they detain who have disabilities. The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has a page on the Rights of Detained Immigrants with Disabilities. In terms of what constitutes a disability, many of us are familiar with mobility and vision issues. However, disability covers a far wider spectrum of conditions that can include certain kinds of mental health conditions, cognitive impairment, or things like diabetes that we might generally consider “medical” issues. These conditions can also constitute disabilities for which ICE is required to make “reasonable accommodation”.

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