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 en Crisis: Refugees,  Migrant Detention, and Authoritarian Neoliberalism February 24 –…

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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 immoral, unconstitutional, a violation of international law, contrary to the…

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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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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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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 General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington,…

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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 de la presente declaro bajo juramento lo siguiente: Soy (residente…

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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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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 78701 A film by Matt Gossage for more information see…

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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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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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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, the three girls had watched as a gang member came into their tiny home and held a gun to their mother’s head, threatening to rape and kill all four of them. They’ve been locked up […]

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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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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 de la presente declaro bajo juramento lo siguiente: Soy (residente permanente legal/[email protected]) de los Estados Unidos (consulte el anexo). Soy (parentesco) de (nombre del [email protected]), quien solicita asilo político de (país de origen) y quien […]

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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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