This archive contains posts from EndFamilyDetention.com from 2014-2016 in reverse chronological order.

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500+ women and children freed after ruling; donations needed

Over the last few days, a reported 500 women and children who were wrongly imprisoned for seeking asylum were released …
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URGENT: Sign on to UN Urgent Appeal to End Family Detention

Dear Shut Down Berks Supporter, Today the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will be ending their tour in the …
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TAKE ACTION: Sign-on letter to #ShutDownBerks

Via Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition Dear Shut Down Berks supporters, Show your support for the Madres Berks and sign this …
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Yeslin, just 9, speaks out from inside the Berks Family detention center

Via DreamACTivist.org Yeslin, just 9, speaks out from inside the Berks Family detention center. This 9 year old has spend …
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Federal Court Ruling Denies Families in Immigration Detention Review of Legality of their Removal

Via Human Rights First August 30, 2016 Federal Court Ruling Denies Families in Immigration Detention Review of Legality of their …
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Take action: Support the 22 mothers on hunger strike at Berks

TAKE ACTION NOW!  Sign the petition and call now to support the 22 mothers at the Berks “Family Detention” Center on …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #14

Piece #14 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016 series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #13

Piece #13 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #12

Piece #12 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #11

Piece #11 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #10

Piece #10 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #9

Piece #9 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #8

Piece #8 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day #7

My final piece from the#VisionsFromTheInside2016 series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 6

Piece #6 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016 series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 5

Piece #5 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 4

Piece #4 from our ‪#‎VisionsFromTheInside2016‬ series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 3

Piece #3 from our #VisionsFromTheInside2016series, a collaborative project between visual artists and immigrants facing the for-profit detention monster. To view …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 2

Artist statement: “My letter is from a Salvadorean detainee who has been living in the US for 34 years and …
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Visions From The Inside (2016) Day 1

Artist statement: “Working on this piece was truly enlightening. To read Mr. Vaz’s words about his experience — with the …
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Rape victims in family detention threatened with criminal prosecution for reporting

Obama’s Family Detention Policy: Threaten Rape Victims With Criminal Prosecution As originally posted on Amjo Law by Bryan Johnson on June …
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A new family detention center in Texas is in the works

As originally published on 6/7/16 Grassroots Leadership condemns reported plans for new family detention center in South Texas (AUSTIN, Texas) …
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By Dolly Li

TAKE ACTION: Please sign! Child being sexually abused at Karnes “family detention” center

A family at the Karnes family prison needs public support!  Children are being sexually abused and ICE is refusing to take action! …
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4/13: SPEAK OUT against licensing family detention (Karnes City)

Join us at this public hearing as for-profit, private prison company GEO Group seeks a child care license from the …
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3/16 SAN ANTONIO: ICE Advisory Committee Meeting on Family Residential Centers

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 the Advisory Committee for ICE will hold a meeting to discuss “family residential centers.” We …
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Take action: ICE prisons are not childcare!

As originally posted by Grassroots Leadership, by Cristina Parker It’s the National Day of Action to #EndFamilyDetention. Join activists across …
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Texas opens door to family detention child care licenses under lowered standards

As published on 2/15/16 at Grassroots Leadership (AUSTIN, Texas) — In a quietly announced decision that could set a dangerous precedent for …
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Know your rights: For non-US citizens arrested for criminal charges

I Am Not a U.S. Citizen and I Have a Criminal Conviction – What Can I Do? By the Texas Fair Defense …
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AUSTIN | Feb 4: Register to speak at Tx DFPS hearing on licensing family prisons as “childcare facilities”

Via Virginia Raymond The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has acknowledged that its purpose in licensing the ICE family …
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#EndFamilyDetention hashtag campaign goes international

This week, the internet saw photos from across the world with the #EndFamilyDetention hashtag go viral.  The movement to expose and …
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LOS ANGELES | Feb 11: Protest/rally to stop detaining and deporting refugees

Save the date! What:  Protest/rally to stop detaining and deporting refugees When:  February 11, 2016 Where:  Los Angeles, CA #FreedomNotReform #RefugeeRightsNow #EndFamilyDetention #CentAmRefugees …
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URGENTE: Conozca sus derechos! ICE inicia secuestros de familias esta semana

From United We Dream URGENTE: Redadas, retenes, y agentes de la migra han sido reportados por todo el país. ¡Conoce …
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URGENT: Know your rights! ICE kidnapping families across the U.S. this week

From United We Dream URGENTE: Redadas, retenes, y agentes de la migra han sido reportados por todo el país. ¡Conoce …
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ICE Leaders: We Will Bring Car Seats to Arrest Families

As originally posted on AmJoLaw n light of the disturbing news that the Obama administration has planned ICE deportation raids …
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Why licensing of family detention as child care should be opposed

From Virginia Raymond: Here’s a webinar hosted yesterday on family detention by the Texas office of the Children’s Defense Fund: …
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TAKE ACTION: Stop Texas from licensing prisons as childcare centers

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is considering granting childcare licenses to “family detention” centers where women and children escaping …
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Bus duty, Nov 5, 2015

This is a Guatemalan family, mother and her 3 sons, who fled vicious poverty in their country.  Abandoned by husband/father …
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By Chucha Marquez

TAKE ACTION NOW! Four ways to IMMEDIATELY support the hundreds of women on hunger strike #Hutto27

Please TAKE ACTION NOW to support the HUNDREDS of women now on hunger strike at the Hutto immigrant prison and ACROSS …
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Growing #Hutto27 Hunger Strike by Women at Texas Detention Center

Via Grassroots Leadership November 2, 2015 Asylum-seeking women report that hunger strike is expanding within the detention center, retaliation continues …
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Solidarity statement with the #Hutto27 and the growing hunger strike movement

A hunger strike movement is taking place across several immigrant detention centers in the U.S. EndFamilyDetention.com stands in solidarity with …
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Temporary restraining orders issued against family prison camps

On Friday, a Texas State Judge granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TFPS) …
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Child care licenses for ICE detention centers?

As originally posted on VirginiaRaymond.com Child care centers exist to take care of children. The State of Texas requires most …
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Child care licenses for ICE detention centers?

Child care centers exist to take care of children. The State of Texas requires most child care centers to be …
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Refugees and Migrants in the U.S.: Families and Unaccompanied Children (Report)

The following is a report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding the state of families and unaccompanied children …
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Sign on to #EndFamilyDetention in PA

End Family Detention in PA The Berks County Detention Center, known officially as the Berks County Residential Center, is a …
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Why Are Immigrant Mothers Wearing Ankle Monitors?

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Bus duty, Thursday Oct 22, 2015

About 20 mothers and their children came through the San Antonio bus station today after up to 20 days in …
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conversations, presentations & such*

Social Justice Symposium, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, April 4, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016 Derechos …
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SIGN ON: Do Not License Immigrant Family Detention Camps as Child Care Facilities!

BREAKING: The state of Texas is considering licensing family detention centers as childcare facilities. But people are already fighting back. More than …
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AUSTIN: “What if we were dead, could we leave then?” Oct 21 @ 7 p.m.

AUSTIN: Speak out to #EndFamilyDetention National week of action October 21, 2015 7-8:30 p.m. Room CPE 2.216 Panel discussion and …
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Bus duty – Oct 16, 2015

When I arrived late last night only 3 mothers and their children were at the bus station  2  from Guatemala, …
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Shackled “freedom”

Shackled “freedom” is a new series of EndFamilyDetention.com that will document the first-hand experiences of the mothers, families and inside witnesses who …
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Leaked recording: ICE Doctor in Charge of Family Detention Admits to Children Losing Weight

As originally published on Amoachi & Johnson On September 24, 2014, a meeting  took place between several advocacy organizations, ICE …
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Denuncian falta de atención médica apropiada en centros de ICE

“Reporte nacional de Univision sobre nuestra petición de disiplinar los medicos del centro de detencion de ninos en Dilley.” -Via Amoachi …
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Univision national report on request to discipline Dilley camp physicians

“Univison national report on our request to discipline physicians at the Dilley children jail.” via Amoachi & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, …
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Necessary and impossible: effective interviewing practices.

Use open-ended questions. YES, even in a detention center. YES, even when you’re in a hurry. 1. Be aware of …
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Ask for credible or reasonable fear interview

Sample simple Credible OR Reasonable Fear Interview Request A woman or child can give this to her deportation officer, and …
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Why it is SO BAD to be a kid whose mom is in “re-instatement” or “withholding only” or “241” proceedings

Adults who are in reinstatement proceedings, and therefore their kids who are with them, are in a bad and dangerous …
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Children and credible fear interviews? WHAT?

Why are we even talking about children and credible or reasonable fear interviews?? We don’t normally think about children and …
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“Passing” or “failing” a credible fear interview

By “passing,” we mean that an Asylum Officer had found that a person had demonstrated a significant possibility of establishing, …
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“Passing” or “failing” a reasonable fear interview

We say that someone has “passed” her reasonable fear interview when she has convinced an asylum officer, usually by sharing …
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Expedited removal (in the context of family detention)

Expedited Removal is the process by which Customs & Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration Control & Enforcement (ICE) may summarily …
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Fri 10/2: Federal Court To Weigh In On Texas Decision To Deny Birth Certificates

Via NPR “A federal judge will hear arguments Friday over a Texas decision to deny birth certificates for babies born …
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Our Request: Discipline Physicians at Dilley Children Jail

As originally posted on AMJO Law Physicians are supposed to improve the health of their patients. The physicians at the …
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Time to name names: Physicians who keep the family detention machine running

Originally posted on “The Physicians That Make Incarceration of Toddlers and Children Possible” at Amjolaw.com By Bryan Johnson The below list …
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Increasing problems with access to lawyers at the Dilley concentration camp

As originally published on AILA AILA member and CARA volunteer Kim Hunter shares the latest access to counsel issues in …
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#VisionsFromTheInside art project on display at the United Nations in Geneva

The visionary art collaboration between EndFamilyDetention.com and Culture Strike organization which features artistic depictions of letters written by imprisoned mothers …
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9/5 at OLLU: The New Internment Camps: A Closer Look At “Family Detention”

September 5, 2015 Our Lady of the Lake University Chapel Auditorium 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Conference (lunch provided) …
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By Dolly Li

Visions from the Inside: Day 15

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “I dream of getting out of this place…to be able to study …
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By Favianna Rodriguez

Visions from the Inside: Day 14

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “I am afraid that if I stay in this center something could …
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By Rose Jaffe

Visions from the Inside: Day 13

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “Our great fear is that they will deport us without giving us …
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Visions from the Inside: Day 12

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “We are not a threat for this country, all I want is …
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Reembolso de la fianza

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Pagando la fianza

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Visions from the Inside: Day 11

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “The water has bleach in it, and I don’t have money to …
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By Julio Salgado

Visions from the Inside: Day 10

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “My son’s first birthday was here. I would like to get out …
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By Chucha Marquez

Visions from the Inside: Day 9

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “They are thinking of making this place much bigger, and for what? …
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By Rommy Torrico

Visions from the Inside: Day 8

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “The times they offer us food is scarce and the best food …
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By Jess X Chen

Visions from the Inside: Day 7

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “I am trusting my God who will quickly end this nightmare.” -Excerpt …
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By Breena Nuñez

Visions from the Inside: Day 6

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “There are some workers at this detentions center who think poorly of …
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Mothers Released from Family Detention Urge President Obama to NOT APPEAL Judge’s Decision

For immediate release: Agosto 3, 2015 Press Contacts: Esther Portillo, Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families [email protected], 347-585-7462 Anna …
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Preguntas del juez

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Refugee Families Deserve Real Freedom: NO to REFORMS, BONDS, DEGRADING ANKLE MONITORS AND AGGRESSIVE MONITORING BY ICE

​For Immediate Release: July 31, 2015 Human Rights Alliance for Children and Refugee Families www.refugeerightsnow.com Refugee Families Deserve Real Freedom: …
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Visions from the Inside: Day 5

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “I hope that you get out of there soon, don’t worry and …
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10 Women File Complaint: Victims of Medical Neglect in Family Detention Camps

10 Women File Complaint: Victims of Medical Neglect in Family Detention Camps by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and …
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Visions from the Inside: Day 4

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “I do not think it is fair to see my son incarcerated …
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Action Alert to End Family Detention Once and for All

Action Alert to End Family Detention Once and for All Last Friday, Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of …
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Visions from the Inside: Day 3

As originally posted on Visions From The Inside “When I got here they initially told me that I didn’t have …
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Progressive Caucus, Judiciary Dems Hold Forum Hearing on Family Detention

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream WASHINGTON, DC – On July 28th, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, along with Democratic Members …
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American Academy of Pediatrics letter on family detention

July 24, 2015 The Honorable Jeh Johnson Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Dear Secretary Johnson: On …
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Family Detention & the Flores Settlement Agreement

As originally published by the Women’s Refugee Commission and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Backgrounder on the Flores Litigation …
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“Visions from the Inside” art series: Day 2

“They go through our drawers just like a prisoner. Sometimes they treat us with kindness, but other times they don’t …
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“Visions from the Inside” art series: Day 1

“We need the help of all of you because we feel depressed and forgotten in this place.”- Excerpt from letter …
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TAKE ACTION: Send letter to Obama and DOJ not to appeal Flores settlement enforcement decision for imprisoned families

From the Texas Civil Rights Project:  This week Obama and the DOJ were dealt a blow when the Flores settlement …
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#EndFamilyDetention and “out”carceration

Detention of refugee women and children over the last thirteen or fourteen months at Artesia, Berks, Karnes, and Dilley was …
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CultureStrike launches #EndFamilyDetention national art series starting July 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Julio Salgado, [email protected] Art Projects Manager, CultureStrike   “VISIONS FROM THE INSIDE ILLUSTRATES THE COURAGEOUS STORIES OF …
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Judge rules against family detention policy

As originally posted on McClatchey DC BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ [email protected] WASHINGTON: A federal judge ruled Friday night that the Obama administration …
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Rio Grande Valley Immigration Humanitarian Crisis Response

As originally posted on Catholic Charities of the RGV Refugees continue to arrive in growing numbers at the Humanitarian Respite …
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Federal officials investigate deportation of teen mom who attempted suicide

As originally posted on McClatchy DC BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ [email protected] WASHINGTON Federal civil rights officials have opened an investigation into …
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To DOJ: Investigate DHS officials for Federal Crime of Conspiracy Against Rights in Family Detention

As originally posted on AMJOlaw.com: by Bryan Johnson on July 6, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Bryan Johnson, [email protected], 631-647-9701   …
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TAKE ACTION: Report abuse of 250 children in family detention camps overdosed with vaccines

This past 4th of July weekend it was discovered that around a group of about 250 refugee children imprisoned in “family detention” …
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Lawyer threatened with contempt for leaking family detention documents

BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ / Originally posted on McClatchy Washington Bureau “A federal judge has threatened to hold an immigration attorney in …
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#FreedomNOTReform this July 2nd in LA!

As originally posted on the #FreedomNOTReform FB page  Rally for Freedom LA”In the light of the 4th of July festivities, …
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Under pressure, Homeland Security announces changes to family detention policies

In a press released dated Wednesday, June 24, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced a few changes to ICE’s policy on family …
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Imprisoned families protest and chant during Congressional tour of “family” detention center

This cell phone video footage was released this week and reveals a protest with numerous imprisoned families chanting “libertad” during a Congressional tour …
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#EndFamilyDetention assistance now available Tz’utujil, a Mayan language

====================================================================== Please distribute widely ====================================================================== In an international collaboration to #EndFamilyDetention, this website (EndFamilyDetention.com) and the Fundación Tradiciones Mayas (Maya Traditions …
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Diccionario

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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La fianza

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Que no es la fianza

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Quien califica

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Que es nuestro objetivo

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Quien somos

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Por que existe este video

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Introducion al video

2015 Tz’utujil Maya translation series Produced by the Maya Traditions Foundation Translators: Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Vasquez Perez and Carlos Agustin …
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Request for bond fund donations: After 9 months imprisoned, family granted bond

LINK TO DONATE:  http://www.gofundme.com/wrntd4 “Polyane and her 10 year old daughter have been detained at the Karnes Family Prison for …
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Support striking mothers in detention at the Berks family prison camp

LINK TO DONATE: https://www.crowdrise.com/stopdetainingfamilies/fundraiser/CloseDownBerksDetentionCenter “BENEFITING: JUNTOS THE STORY: Mother’s pledge to stop working for less than a dollar a day …
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Mothers at Berks Family Detention Camp Launch Work Strike, Demand Not To Be Left Behind

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2015   Mothers at Berks Family Detention Camp Launch Work Strike, Demand Not To Be …
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Family prison camps in Texas receive “child care licenses” – what you can do about it

The family prison camps in Texas recently received “child care licenses” from the state amid proofs and reports of rampant …
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Suicide note from a 19-year-old mother imprisoned at Karnes with her baby

As originally published on McClatchyDC.  Note: ICE has just deported Lilian.  See story here. “Lilian Oliva, 19, was discovered in …
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Parole RFI Families: National Organizational Sign On Letter

As originally posted at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y66eakDPYq1XToAftRzoxsNQqZRsqVjxlNt8QWDt4eQ/viewform?fbzx=1637127131547860959 Jeh Johnson Sara Saldana Director, DHS Assistant Director, ICE Washington D.C. Washington D.C.We, the undersigned, …
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Bring Ana’s sister back

As originally posted on: http://www.youcaring.com/ana-364437#.VXEcEf4J8p0.email Dear Friends and Supporters, We need your help. Our friend Ana is fighting to get her …
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Help Reunite a Family

As originally published here. My dear friend Alta Gracias has spent the past six months locked up in an immigration …
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Texas DFPS: Children in ICE detention have no protection

As originally published here on May 26, 2015 “In this response to our request to shut down the South Texas …
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Carta para tu familiar [email protected]: un ejemplo

via www.VirginiaRaymond.com DECLARACIÓN JURADA EN APOYO A LA SOLICITUD DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL DE [NOMBRE DEL [email protected]] Yo, [nombre del patrocinador], …
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House Democratic Members Call for End to Family Detention Program

“A growing number of House Democrats, alongside former detainees and legal advocates, will call on the Department of Homeland Security …
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Tools for organizers: Family detention infographic

Available in JPEG and PDF for download and sharing. Via the Women’s Refugee Commission womensrefugeecommission.org …
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President Obama, Deception Will Not Work: It’s Time to End Family Detention

Co-authored by Leisy Abrego, Alfonso Gonzales, and Shannon Speed* Reposted with permission.  Click here to view original post. President Obama and …
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Call-in campaign to #EndFamilyDetention

Via Human Rights Watch: Last summer, the US started detaining large numbers of migrant mothers and children as part of …
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Wed 5/20: #FreePolyane Action at Market Plaza

On Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Market Plaza in San Antonio we will be gathering to call for …
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Emergency message from mother and sick 5 year old daughter inside Karnes concentration camp

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Letter from #KarnesMoms reaches President Obama, #24hrsfast in solidarity begins nationwide to #EndFamilyDetention

On Monday, May 11, 2015, activists and family members of detained women and children met with the office of President …
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Letter from #KarnesMoms to President Obama to #EndFamilyDetention

May 2015 Your Excellency President Obama – For us it is an honor and a great pleasure to write to …
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Familias de mujeres y ninos encarcelados envian carta a Obama pidiendo su libertad

PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA CONTACTOS: Esther Portillo, [email protected], (347) 585-7462 (DC)  Nancy Zuniga, [email protected], (310) 433-1997 (Los Ángeles) Familiares de mujeres …
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Family of detained women, children deliver letter to Obama urging him to free families from detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 8 2015 CONTACT: Esther Portillo, [email protected], (347) 585-7462  (DC) Nancy Zuniga, [email protected], (310) 433-1997 (Los …
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#24HrsFast to #‎EndFamilyDetention‬ and #FreeRefugeeFamilies

Via http://www.refugeerightsnow.com/24hrsfast This Mother’s Day, pressure Obama to #EndFamilyDetention and #FreeRefugeeFamilies by pledging to join our National #24HrsFast! While neoliberal trade …
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Pictures from the May 2 #EndFamilyDetention Protest in Dilley TX

Featured image by Melissa Biggs [View the story “#EndFamilyDetention Protest in Dilley TX” on Storify] …
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Sat May 2 #EndFamilyDetention events across the U.S.

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 people across the country will be protesting the detention of mothers and children at several for-profit family …
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Honor Mothers’ Day this year by joining the fight to release mothers and children in detention!

via http://www.webelongtogether.org/endfamilydetention Stop Locking Up Immigrant Women and Children. End family detention now! Honor Mothers’ Day this year by joining the …
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Lawsuit on behalf of mothers, children at Karnes who were placed in solitary confinement

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the mothers and children imprisoned at the Karnes detention camp. “Attached is …
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May 2 Faith in Action: Go to Dilley to #EndFamilyDetention

Join hundreds of other people who will be going to Dilley, Texas to #EndFamilyDetention LINK TO RSVP AND PURCHASE BUS …
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ACLU letter to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña

April 17, 2015 Sarah R. Saldaña Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security 500 12th Street, SW …
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End Family Detention Public Service Announcement Video

This public service announcement video is available in English and Spanish and is intended to raise awareness and call for …
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Letter from mothers/families imprisoned at Berks family detention camp

“Following in the footsteps of the brave women at the Karnes prison in Texas, yesterday 17 mothers imprisoned at the …
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Immigrant Mothers Imprisoned With Children Demand Release, DPW Says They Are Free to Go

Immigrant Mothers Imprisoned With Children Demand Release, DPW Says They Are Free to Go:  Community Members and Organizers to Rally …
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Hunger strike is a conscience call to end family detention

Reposted with permission by the author By Alfonso Gonzales and Shannon Speed As publilshed on The Hill Hannah Arendt once wrote …
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An Open Letter From Scholars to President Barack Obama: Release Mothers and Children from Detention

The following is an online petition and open letter from scholars to President Obama calling for the release of mothers and children from …
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Letter from 21 imprisoned mothers and families to ICE Director Sarah Saldana

The following is a letter by the mothers imprisoned with their children at Karnes written to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña, who …
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Congressman Joaquin Castro addresses harassment by ICE

In a letter dated April 15, 2015, Congressman Joaquin Castro addresses the harassment by ICE of a volunteer delivering water to …
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Help Release Maria and her 3 kids

“From Pilgrims seeking freedom to practice their religion, to Jews feeling Nazism, to political prisoners escaping communism, America has been …
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Thurs 4/16: Vigil @ Karnes Detention Center during visit by ICE Director Sarah Saldana

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY What: Vigil @ Karnes Detention Center during visit by ICE Director Sarah Saldana When: TOMORROW THURSDAY, APRIL …
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ICE Director Sarah Saldana denies knowledge of hunger strike

via RAICES “During a Congressional hearing Congressman Hank Jonhnson questioned ICE Director Sarah Saldana on why Delmy was put in …
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Tues 4/14: National Press Briefing with Representatives of Hunger Striking Mothers in Detention

For immediate release Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, [email protected] ***NATIONAL PRESS CALL*** Detained Mothers at Karnes to Restart Hunger Strike and …
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Leaked report by ICE/GEO alleges “insurrection” and attempted communication with helicopters by women and children inside the Karnes detention camp

This disciplinary report from the Karnes detention camp recently surfaced and reveals an odd twist of events and accusations: that the …
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el ayuno * la huelga * the fast * the strike

April 6, 2015 We mothers who are detained in Karnes County Residential Center began a hunger strike on March 30 …
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Tues 4/14: #EndFamilyDetention Media/Press Conference @ San Fernando Cathedral

Media/Press Conference, 10 am, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in front of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Tx. Friends and supporters …
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TAKE ACTION: Free Delmi and her 11 year old son from the Karnes prison camp

via RAICES Why is an 11 year old in detention? Delmi Cruz, and her 11 year old son, Alexis, have …
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Southwest Workers’ Union in solidarity with the mothers at Karnes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2015 Southwest Workers’ Union (SWU) stands in solidarity with the 78 mujeres, and mothers at …
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Mothers in Karnes call off hunger strike, give ICE 10 days to act

We have 10 days to bring the mothers home, our goal for today is 200 calls to ICE Director Sarah …
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University of Texas faculty letter to end Dilley detention camp

December 5, 2014 William Powers, Jr. President The University of Texas at Austin Office of the President 110 Inner Campus …
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Apr 8 @ Austin: Screening of “No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention”

Please join us on Wednesday, April 8 for the screening of No Sanctuary: Big Business and Family Detention, followed by a presentation …
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April 17 @ Austin: Benefit to raise bond funds for imprisoned women and children

House party benefit for refugee women and children featuring Rising Appalachia on their national tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Z2x8AM6qs Come eat delicious empanadas …
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May 2: March and Protest at Dilley detention camp

Join us for a march and protest in Dilley, Texas on Saturday, May 2. We will be there to protest …
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ICE harasses volunteer for delivering water to mothers fasting at the Karnes detention camp

“Friends, Family, and Community, I am sharing a letter I have sent to Congressman Castro that explained a terrifying incident …
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Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama to Release Mothers and Children as Conditions at Karnes Detention Camp Deteriorate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, 02 April 2015CONTACT: Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : [email protected] Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama …
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Tell ICE: Release Mothers On Hunger Strike At Texas Immigrant Detention Center

SIGN THE PETITION HERE:  http://act.presente.org/act/karnes?sp_ref=112906319.166.12398.f.0.2&referring_akid=.497581.8d7l0r&source=fb_sp Women held in Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison work for $3/day, their children’s …
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Sign the petition NOW in support of the ongoing fast by mothers inside Karnes

As posted on RAICES Sign the petition now:   http://grassrootsleadership.org/blog/2015/03/breaking-women-karnes-family-detention-camp-start-work-strike-and-fast-holy-week#Sign Women in the Karnes Detention Camp are currently on a Holy …
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Online protest in solidarity with the 41+ mothers fasting for freedom at Karnes

CALL TO ACTION:  Take a picture with friends and family and use it as your profile/cover pic on social media …
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The American Bar Association speaks out

“As President of the American Bar Association, I write to express the Association’s concerns about recent policies and practices that …
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Christian, Catholic, Lutheran, and Jewish leaders call for an end to detention of families

“March 26, 2015 Honorable Barack H. Obama President United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, …
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BREAKING: Women in Karnes family detention camp start work strike and fast for Holy Week! Demanding freedom!

by Cristina Parker, Grassroots Leadership Click here to sign the petition in support of the women in Karnes!  The women …
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Tues 3/31 Day of action: Protest and vigil in San Antonio

On Tuesday, March 31 in San Antonio there will be a day of action to call for an end to …
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Request for Information Concerning Legal Visits

An open letter to: ICE Supervisory Detention & Deportation Officer Hilario Leal, ICE Assistant Field Office Director Juanita P. Hester, …
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Precarious lives: Central American families and the limits of U.S. immigration policy

In 2014, 60,000 children and mothers fled Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, seeking refuge in the U.S. because of gang …
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Protests go nationwide to #EndFamilyDetention

From coast to coast on Tuesday, March 24th people gathered to demand freedom for all refugee families at Karnes and Dilley …
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Retaliation? Or just blocking legal representation?

Victoria Rossi is a brilliant writer who moonlights, for a lot less money than she deserves, as a paralegal. In …
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Statement by 20 families held at the Karnes family prison in Texas

Receive from us a blessed greeting, we are mothers with our children detained at Karnes Detention Center in the state …
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TAKE ACTION: Call ICE to release Sonia and her 3 children from the Karnes family prison

Please call ICE and demand that Sonia and her 3 children be released from detention. Sonia and her three young …
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Tues 3/24 – National Day of Action: Freedom for All Refugee Families

National day of action:  Freedom for all refugee families at Karnes and Dilley detention centers Press conference this Tuesday, March …
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Letters from inside

The Letters From Inside archive is a digital collection of handwritten letters from mothers and children held inside the family …
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Mother and son (12)

February 28, 2015 Hello, My name is [redacted], and I came in 2007, but I was caught and was deported, …
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Mother and daughter

I arrived at this detention center on August 4, 2014. I already have bond for my daughter, and I haven’t …
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Mother (27) and son (10)

My name is [redacted] (A[redacted]); I am 27 years old and I am here with my son [redacted], who is …
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Mother and son (1)

My name is [redacted] and I have a one year old son here where I am being detained for the …
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Mother (32) and two children

February 26, 2015 I, [redacted] am 32 years old. My number is A# [redacted] . I am with my two …
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Mother (37) and children (11 and 5)

I [redacted], I am 37 years old. My A number is [redacted]. I have two children. One is 11 years …
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Mother (33) and children (10, 9 and 3)

  2/24/2015 My name is Sonia Elizabeth Hernandez Amaya, 33 years old, Salvadoran, number A [redacted]; mother of Josselyn [redacted], …
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Mother (34) and daughters (15, 14 and 11)

I Maria Estela Marquez Marquez: A087591777, am 34 years old, I’m from El Salvador. I am here detained in the …
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Mother and daughter (7)

[redacted] A [redacted] [redacted] A [redacted] I entered the United States on July 28th, 2014. I was in the hielera …
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Mother and son (12)

I am in this institution asking for help because I can’t return to my country. I have been here since …
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Mother (39) and daughter (2)

I am [redacted], [born in the] year [redacted], [in] El Salvador. My daughter [is] [redacted], of two and-a-half years [of …
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Mother (29) and daughter (2)

I am [redacted], number A [redacted], 29 years old, and I’m Brazilian. My daughter [redacted], number A [redacted], 2 years …
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Polyane and her daughter

My name is Polyane Soares de Oliveira, 29 years old, number A 200-022-852, and I’m Brazilian. Here with me is …
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Homeland Security public information request regarding indigenous women, children and “family units” in custody

Public information request – Indigenous Women, Children, and “Family Units” in Custody at the Karnes County Residential Center (hereafter “Karnes”), …
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Decisión Federal no es suficiente; reafirman compromiso a luchar por familias detenidas en Karnes y Dilley (TX)

Por Anayanse Garza de TuSanAntonioMagazine.com Entrevista con Diego Mancha durante la conferencia de prensa por grupos que incluyeron a Feminists …
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Federal decision is not strong enough ; Reaffirm Commitment To Fight For Families detained in Karnes and Dilley (TX)

By Anayanse Garza of TuSanAntonioMagazine.com Interview with Diego Mancha during the press conference by groups that included Feminists Unite, SAIYM …
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Five reasons to CONTINUE to oppose family detention: Feb 24 declaration of support

Statement in support of the resolution against family detention adopted by Feministas Unite, a student group at the University of …
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PRESS CONFERENCE: Wednesday, Feb 25 @ 11 am in San Antonio

Wed 2/25 SAN ANTONIO:  Please attend press conference, Wednesday, Feb 25, 11 am, front of San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza, …
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D.C. Federal Strikes Blow Against Mass Detention of Central American Families

A federal district court in Washington, D.C., today has granted a temporary injunction to the class of Central American women …
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Release Sonia and her three children from detention

Sonia and her three young children have spent 6 months behind bars, after fleeing horrific violence in their home country …
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Texas Observer report on Karnes

Also check out this fine Texas Observer report on Karnes by Victoria Rossi, published on February 2, 2015 …
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New York Times: more essential reading about Artesia, Karnes, & Dilley

Do read “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps”, a fine article in the New York Times by Will S …
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Women must speak out against the DHS no-release policy

In 2014, 60,000 women and children refugees fled persecution and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras because of gang …
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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 …
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Resolution calling for release of women & children; end ICE’s no-release policy

Please read and sign this resolution and — far more importantly — take it to the groups to which you …
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No Asylum: Immigrants Locked Up in U.S. after Fleeing Violence

Zach Weissmueller | January 22, 2015 “When people knock on your door, and they are fleeing abuse, the United States …
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Community response to the family detention center in New Mexico

These are some photos by photographer Gerard Escamilla of the unyielding community response to the family prison in Artesia, New Mexico …
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GEO employee speaks AGAINST expansion of Karnes

UPDATE: The Karnes County Commissioners Court voted this week, 3-2, to approve the expansion of the for-profit detention center at …
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Fuerza y Fianzas: a proposal for people to support families in a concrete way

The problem The Dilley ICE prison is about to open. There, families – up to 2400 people — will be …
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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 …
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Miguel, 10

Miguel, 10

This place called a detention center is like a prison for us, because we don’t have freedom, we can’t leave …
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Rebecca Paulina

Rebeca Paulina

For most people who have entered this place, it’s the start of a new life, but it begins badly, because …
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Un dibujo por Luis Ramón, un niño encarcelado en la prision “familiar” de Karnes

Un testimonio visual de la vida en Honduras hecho por Luis Ramón, un niño encarcelado en la prision “familiar” de …
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A drawing by Luis Ramon, a child inside the Karnes “family” prison

A visual testimony of life in Honduras by Luis Ramon, a young child inside the Karnes “family” prison …
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Visual testimony of a child from Honduras

This is the visual testimony of a child from Honduras. “Revos locos” means the Mara Salvatrucha in Honduras. “Arma de …
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Testimonio visual de un niño

Esto es el testimonio visual de un niño de Honduras.  “Revos locos” significa la Mara Salvatrucha …
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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 …
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La primera parte de la traducción de I-589 disponible

La primera parte de la traducción del I-589 Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal ya está disponible! Otra parte …
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I-589 Spanish translation now available

A Spanish translation of the I-589 Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal is now available!  Click here to view …
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Haiku for Dolorosa Street

You see me onscreen My name is an A number But I’m a woman – Anonymous   …
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Help Maria Estela and her 3 young daughters be released from detention at the Karnes “Family” Detention Center.

These three young girls are detained at the Karnes “Family” Detention Center with their mother and need our help! PLEASE …
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“Arriving aliens” on a bridge to limbo

Adela Catalina* had plenty of reasons to leave. Forgive me being somewhat vague in the following account, but she still …
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Request for Credible Fear Interview for Salvadoran teenager

November 22, 2014 Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services Houston Asylum Office 16630 Imperial Valley Drive, Suite …
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URGENT Stop deportation of Salvadoran refugee family

Dear friends, Maria Estela Marquez Marquez and her three daughters — Melissa (15 years old), Carmen (13 years old), and …
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Dear Mr. President: about family detention

November 18, 2014 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, We, …
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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 …
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Call for release of all speakers of Mayan languages

The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney …
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Announcing the launch of www.EndFamilyDetention.com!

We are pleased to announce the launch of www.EndFamilyDetention.com, a multilingual site aimed at addressing family detention.  Our intention was …
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Carta para tu familiar [email protected]

DECLARACIÓN JURADA EN APOYO A LA SOLICITUD DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL DE (NOMBRE DEL [email protected]) Yo, (nombre del patrocinador), por medio …
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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 …
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Decisiones por jus en casos de asilio en cortes de inmigración AF 2009-2014

Decisiones por jus en casos de asilio en cortes de inmigración 2009-2014 Corte de inmigración Juez Decisiones % Aprobado % Negado Adelanto …
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Judge-by-Judge Asylum Decisions in Immigration Courts FY 2009-2014

Judge-by-Judge Asylum Decisions in Immigration Courts FY 2009-2014 Denial Rate Immigration Court Judge Decisions % Grants % Denials Adelanto Lee, Amy T …
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Como Pagar Una Fianza de Inmigración

Por Andrade Legal  y traducido por Melissa Biggs COMO PAGAR UNA FIANZA DE INMIGRACIÓN Actualizado el 4 de noviembre 2014[1],[2] …
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About private prisons

In a way, private prisons seem a relatively new development, but the ugly foundation of private prisons is deeply ingrained …
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Red McCombs should break the lease with the private prison corporation building for huge family prison in Dilley

A petition by Claudia Muñoz Dean Thomas W. Gilligan, ask UT alumnus Red McCombs to break lease with the Corrections …
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Family Detention Film Screening

Friday, November 21, 2014 7:300 – 8:30 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center 600 River Street Austin, Texas …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Trailer for New Film: The Return of Family Detention

Published on Nov 4, 2014 This new documentary chronicles the return of immigrant family detention in the United States. The …
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A goodbye letter from one teenage girl to another

A goodbye letter from one teenage girl to another. They met inside the Karnes “family detention” center; and the writer …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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The iceboxes in McAllen: personal testimony

“It’s a room in which there is nothing more than a toilet and some cement benches stuck to the wall …
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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 …
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Cartas de Melissa, Carmen, y Jackeline, encarceladas en Karnes City

Melissa, Carmen, and Jackeline are three sisters who, with their mother, fled El Salvador seeking refuge. Right before they left, …
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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 …
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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 …
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Carta para tu familiar [email protected]: un ejemplo

DECLARACIÓN JURADA EN APOYO A LA SOLICITUD DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL DE (NOMBRE DEL [email protected]) Yo, (nombre del patrocinador), por medio …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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