Department of State Human Rights Reports in ICE Detention Center Law Libraries

A question that came up at the December 9th 2018 volunteer meeting is, are detention centers required to supply documents relevant to country conditions and Department of State (DOS) Human Rights (HR) reports specifically? The short answer is a clear and unambiguous “Yes”. For those unfamiliar with these documents, they are briefly described. In addition, specific ICE detention standards detailing the fact that the documents must be supplied are cited, and finally a case is made that this is yet another issue that needs close monitoring.

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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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Questions about personal property

Recently, a volunteer asked about a detained individual’s personal items that included identity documents, money, and a copy of the Quran. The following post cites portions of the current ICE standards as a reference that volunteers can consider when evaluating if ICE agents are following ICE rules regarding the personal property of detained individuals.

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