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Community response to the family detention center in New Mexico

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GEO employee speaks AGAINST expansion of Karnes

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Fuerza y Fianzas: a proposal for people to support families in a concrete way

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Credible fear interview

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Miguel, 10

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Miguel, 10

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Rebecca Paulina

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Rebeca Paulina

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Un dibujo por Luis Ramón, un niño encarcelado en la prision “familiar” de Karnes

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A drawing by Luis Ramon, a child inside the Karnes “family” prison

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Visual testimony of a child from Honduras

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Testimonio visual de un niño

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Una carta de Angie, edad 15 años

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A letter from Angie, 15

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La primera parte de la traducción de I-589 disponible

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I-589 Spanish translation now available

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Haiku for Dolorosa Street

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Help Maria Estela and her 3 young daughters be released from detention at the Karnes “Family” Detention Center.

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“Arriving aliens” on a bridge to limbo

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Request for Credible Fear Interview for Salvadoran teenager

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What is family detention?

“Family detention is the increasingly alarming practice of detaining immigrant families, including babies and children, with their parents in detention centers. With the recent increase of women and children migrating to the United States from Central America, we have seen a dramatic rise in family detention.

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What is a private prison?

A private for-profit prison is a place in which individuals are physically confined by a third party that is contracted by a government agency. Reports of human rights violations are frequent in these facilities.

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Is this a bad thing?

The mass incarceration of families and children in prisons is wrong. For-profit prisons are not rehabilitation centers or “family residential centers” when there is a specific type of people being sought out to fill the prisoner quota.

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Who is getting hurt?

Refugees, particularly women and children from Central and South America. Numerous reports of verbal and physical abuse, rape, live freezing and chemical exposure are being consistently reported by young children and mothers.

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Children and their parents belong in homes.

A prison “family residential center” is no home for a family.


This new documentary which chronicles the return of immigrant family detention in the United States. The Texas-made film follows our government’s response to refugees and migrants in the creation and expansion of new private prisons for these families in remote and isolated areas of the Southwest. Reversing the progress of the immigrant rights movement and his own previous decisions, President Obama has surpassed the Bush administration in expanding the use of detention centers for refugee families. This history is portrayed and told by the people who live it and shines light on the growing grassroots movement fighting to close these family prisons and welcoming our neighbors with compassion.

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