COVID-19 in ICE detention by the numbers June wrap up

This month, DHS OIG issued a new report on COVID-19 in ICE detention. The report begins by noting that the number of positive cases “has risen dramatically” and notes that ICE detention facilities are unable to practice social distancing or to properly quarantine infected individuals. Our letters to members of the NM Congressional Delegation and … Read moreCOVID-19 in ICE detention by the numbers June wrap up

Tell Lujan Grisham to end ICE detention transfers in NM

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, called on organizations and individuals to sign-on to a letter requesting that New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham immediately stop transfers into and between ICE contract detention facilities in New Mexico. The letter was delivered June 25, 2020 and we are no longer accepting signatures. 20 organizations and 99 … Read moreTell Lujan Grisham to end ICE detention transfers in NM

Local Deaths in ICE Detention

This page summarizes documents regarding local deaths in ICE detention. Deaths are known to have occurred at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC), the El Paso Service Processing Center, and the Cibola County Correctional Center (CCCC). Otero County Processing Center These documents conspicuously leave out Johana Media Leon who was killed by MTC’s medical negligence. … Read moreLocal Deaths in ICE Detention

Continued negligence by ICE and private contractors requires the immediate release of those held in ICE detention in NM and El Paso, TX

In solidarity with Millions for Prisoners, SURJ, Santa Fe Dreamers Project, and other New Mexico organizations, and on behalf of the FreeThemAll El Paso Coalition, we sent the following letter to county, state, and federal elected officials in New Mexico and Texas to raise concerns about COVID-19 and call for universal release of people detained … Read moreContinued negligence by ICE and private contractors requires the immediate release of those held in ICE detention in NM and El Paso, TX

#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

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

July 14, Five Men Currently on Hunger Strike for Their Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2019
Media Contacts: Margaret Brown Vega and Nathan Craig avid@chihuahuan.org

Chronic Hunger Strikes at Otero County Processing Center, New Mexico

Chaparral, NM: As of July 9, 2019, five men at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC) are on hunger strike seeking their freedom from prolonged ICE detention. By the 15th, they will not have eaten a meal in six days; some of the men are not drinking water. In June 18 men from Cuba were on hunger-strike for over a week. These two recent hunger strikes follow 93 other hunger strikes that occurred last year and were reported in an ICE inspection of OCPC in January. Unnecessarily detained for an extended time, these five men now on hunger strike understandably now want their freedom. Our cruel immigration system replete with unduly skeptical immigration judges,  cruel ICE officials, profiteering private contractors, and inhumane detention conditions bring these individuals to this point of desperation. We call on ICE to immediately release these men on their own recognizance.

Handwritten note from one of the hunger strikers says, “If I died in U.S. Immigration Camp only ICE responsible for my death…”

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Immigration Advocates Call For Immediate Release Of LGBT Individuals From ICE Detention in New Mexico Following Death Of Transgender Asylum Seeker

Despite Documented Abuses, Inaction Results in Death of Transgender Woman at the Otero County Processing Center Following the tragic death of Johana Medina, a transgender woman who was seeking asylum and detained at the Otero County Processing Center (OCPC), Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention (AVID) in the Chihuahuan Desert and Freedom for Immigrants are … Read moreImmigration Advocates Call For Immediate Release Of LGBT Individuals From ICE Detention in New Mexico Following Death Of Transgender Asylum Seeker

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