Letters from inside

The Letters From Inside archive is a digital collection of handwritten letters from mothers and children held inside the family prisons in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. View the Letters…

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“Ending Artesia” by Stephen Manning

Please read this stunning report Ending Artesia, by Stephen Manning. Explaining complicated, bizarre, technical legal proceedings with great clarity, this report is compelling. Stephen Manning's writing is beautiful and --…

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Credible fear interview

pink “tennis” swing to and fro. she’s wearing zebra stripes and a red top, tiny in the cushy big chair that rolls. long black hair narrows her face, shielding the…

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Miguel, 10

This place called a detention center is like a prison for us, because we don’t have freedom, we can’t leave the room without our moms, or go into the room…

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Rebeca Paulina

For most people who have entered this place, it’s the start of a new life, but it begins badly, because this Detention Center—that they call a shelter for immigrants—but only…

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A letter from Angie, 15

"There are many things that happen in this place called Karnes County Residential Center. There are many good and bad things in this place.   Many people call it a…

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2400 dangerous mothers & children?

This morning -- Thursday, November 20 -- in Immigration Judge McPhaul's courtroom, as everyone waited in vain for a working audio connection between the "courtroom" in the Karnes detention center and…

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Family Detention Backgrounder

Detention Watch Network (DWN) opposes family detention. The detention of families is inhumane. The United States has failed to maintain detention facilities that comport with basic due process and human…

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About private prisons
Coastal Bend Detention Center, November 2013, an ICE prison for women

About private prisons

In a way, private prisons seem a relatively new development, but the ugly foundation of private prisons is deeply ingrained in U.S. history. The government “detains” or imprisons or incarcerates…

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“Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos…”

Until today, I was mostly getting phone calls from women in Karnes and from family members around the country; texts from family members in Honduras. Today at 12:30, I received this e-mail: Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos cada una y tenemos tres meses de estar detenidas, teniamos abogados pero nos dejaron el caso […]

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What you can do: Take a field trip to immigration court.

Want to understand what’s going on with refugees, immigrants, and immigration courts? Go. Take a morning or an afternoon and visit the immigration court closest to you. Look. Listen. Draw. Take notes. Then talk about it. (Talk about it. Talk about it….) Most immigration hearings are public, although judges typically close cases when 1) either […]

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The credible fear of a mother and her little boy

Drawing by Rini Templeton, 1935-1986 I went to see three families yesterday in Karnes, and without planning to, ended up talking to seven mothers and their children. Obviously I will not represent all of them, but I hope that each woman finds representation through Karnes Pro Bono Project team. I cannot convey what it is […]

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How to Pay an Immigration Bond, from Andrade Legal of Boise, Idaho

Follow the link below for extremely useful information from Andrade Legal — Immigration Law in Boise, Idaho. Kudos to María Andrade and her colleagues! And visit the Andrade Legal for even more extremely useful information. The attach PDF refers to a list of bond companies. I have not included the list of bond companies because […]

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A letter from Melissa

Melissa and her sisters are imprisoned with their mother at the Karnes "family" prison near San Antonio, Texas. October 31, 2014 We need the help of all of you because…

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A letter from Carmen

The letter below is from a young girl who is imprisoned with her mother and sisters at the Karnes family prison facility near San Antonio, Texas.   October 31, 2014…

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A letter from Jackeline

The letter below is from a young girl  inside the prison with their mother and young sisters.   October 31, 2014 We need your help to get out of here soon from…

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Each of us has a duty to report child abuse or neglect

According to Texas law, “if you suspect the abuse or neglect of a child, it is your duty to report it immediately.” Did you read any qualifiers or exceptions? Did you read that “it’s your duty to report child abuse or neglect immediately, EXCEPT if – the abuse or neglect is at the hands of […]

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Support refugees – contribute to the Karnes Bond Fund

Make a donation to the Karnes Bond Fund, at Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Services (RAICES) to help a woman and her children “bond out” of Karnes to go live with family or community members as they pursue their claims for asylum. If you want, you can make a donation specifically to assist […]

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“Power yields nothing without a demand”: Organize

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and […]

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National Security Threat

Read the the material that ICE lawyers present in immigration court to support its argument that the refugees — specifically the women and children — fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since June pose a “national security threat” to the United States. Read it and weep. ICE Bond Packet

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Help convince a court to set bond for a woman detained in Karnes

ICE and GEO, a private, for-profit corporation, are currently holding 500 refugee women and children are against their will in a jail (“residential center”) in Karnes County, about two hours southeast of Austin, or about an hour east of San Antonio. The facility held men until this summer, when it was converted to a “family” […]

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“Due process” for immigrants who are “detained”

I have the sickening feeling that very few people understand what “due process” translates into when we are talking about immigrants who are “detained” (locked up, imprisoned, incarcerated) in ICE “detention facilities” (jails, prisons). I’ve added a page to this website with a little bit of information. Where I link to a different page — […]

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