A new family detention center in Texas is in the works
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A new family detention center in Texas is in the works

"The answer to the family detention crisis is not contracting for new detention camps, regardless of where they are or who operates them. The answer is ending the practice of locking up kids and their moms once and for all.”

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Texas opens door to family detention child care licenses under lowered standards
By Mata Ruda, Part of the "Visions From The Inside" project. Link: http://visionsfromtheinside.tumblr.com/

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 child care in the state, the Texas Health and Human…

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Why Are Immigrant Mothers Wearing Ankle Monitors?
MISSION, TX - JULY 24: Undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Why Are Immigrant Mothers Wearing Ankle Monitors?

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Shackled “freedom”
Anatolia Garcia, who is photographed with an ankle monitor near concrete showing their family members' names, at her home in Irving , Texas on Sept 28, 2011, is trying to fight her deportation along with her husband and three children. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News) http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/files/2013/02/AnkleMonitor1.jpg

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 will be sharing their stories as they shift from imprisonment in…

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Our Request: Discipline Physicians at Dilley Children Jail
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Our Request: Discipline Physicians at Dilley Children Jail

Physicians are supposed to improve the health of their patients. The physicians at the STFRC are worsening the health of their children patients by stating to ICE and the world that they are medically cleared for detention. Children can never be medically cleared for detention. In our client’s case, actions of the doctors were so far below the standard of adequate medical care that it resulted in the child suffering extreme physical and mental pain for nearly 3 months.

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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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Judge rules against family detention policy
By Charles Reed, US ICE

Judge rules against family detention policy

WASHINGTON: A federal judge ruled Friday night that the Obama administration can no longer lock up children with their mothers who say they're fleeing violence in their home countries.

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Federal officials investigate deportation of teen mom who attempted suicide
Lilian Oliva Bardales by Magdiel Correa Midence - McClatchy

Federal officials investigate deportation of teen mom who attempted suicide

Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, was deported to Honduras six days after she shut herself in a bathroom of a Texas family detention center and cut her wrist. In her last week at the Karnes County Residential Center, she said she was taken from her young son, stripped naked in front of screaming staffers, put into isolation and then, back with her son, hidden at a hotel before being removed from the country.

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Lawyer threatened with contempt for leaking family detention documents

"Johnson, a former consultant to immigration attorneys negotiating with government officials on behalf of the detained mothers and children, was terminated from the role shortly after he leaked to McClatchy a copy of the court’s confidential draft ruling, which concluded that the Obama’s administration’s rapid increase of family detention centers violates parts of a 1997 settlement on migrant children."

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Under pressure, Homeland Security announces changes to family detention policies
Jeh Johnson

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 detention. While stating that long-term detention practices will be ceased, family detention will continue along with the human rights abuses that remain a hallmark of corporate for-profit prison systems. For families affected by long-term detention, ransom (bond) will still be required in exchange for certain liberties.

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Suicide note from a 19-year-old mother imprisoned at Karnes with her baby
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Suicide note from a 19-year-old mother imprisoned at Karnes with her baby

"Lilian Oliva, 19, was discovered in a family detention center bathroom bleeding from cuts to her wrist. The Obama administration revived the controversial practice of family detention after tens of thousands of mothers and children fled Central America last year."

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Texas DFPS: Children in ICE detention have no protection

"In this response to our request to shut down the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), Commissioner of Texas' Department of Family and Protective Services responded that his agency has no authority to protect children detained there."

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Emergency message from mother and sick 5 year old daughter inside Karnes concentration camp

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ACLU letter to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña

"We have also received reports that, in response to the protest, DHS Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) held several women alleged to have instigated the strike—and their children—in isolation in the Karnes medical infirmary and also threatened to separate the mothers from their children."

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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 an end to family detention. The following statements are by women who are imprisoned with their children in the Karnes Detention camp in Texas.

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Hunger strike is a conscience call to end family detention

This second phase of protest by a group of 15 -20 mothers comes on the heels of a Holy Week hunger strike in which they released a document signed by 74 women demanding their freedom and rebutting the argument being made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that they and their children are a threat to national security of the United States.

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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 women fasting inside the Karnes prison with their children were…

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ICE harasses volunteer for delivering water to mothers fasting at the Karnes detention camp

"I am sharing a letter I have sent to Congressman Castro that explained a terrifying incident that happened after I volunteered to deliver bottled water to the fasting women at Karnes Detention Center this past Tuesday. Please read and share with others to spread the word in support of the women and their immediate release and that their human rights be honored."

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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 to Release Mothers and Children as Conditions at Karnes Detention…

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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 have significantly expanded immigration detention, particularly impacting women and children…

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Christian, Catholic, Lutheran, and Jewish leaders call for an end to detention of families

"As faith leaders representing churches, synagogues, and faith-based organizations in the United States who are deeply committed to upholding this country’s moral leadership to protect children and the sanctity of the family, we call on you to end the harsh policy of family detention and employ alternatives to detention where deemed necessary. We believe this practice to be inhumane and harmful to the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of this vulnerable population."

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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 "family" detention centers. The event coincided with the commemoration of…

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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, but in that same year, 2007, I again came because…

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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 been able to leave yet. I’m worried, because my daughter…

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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 10 years old. We are from El Salvador and we…

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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 past seven months. I was detained on July 30, 2014…

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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 children. One is named [redacted] ; her number is A#…

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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], 10 years old, Number A [redacted], Valentin [redacted], 9 years…

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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 for 9 days. On August 8, 2014 I arrived at…

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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 August 3, 3/8/2014. I need help because I am worried;…

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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 age], A [redacted]. Through this letter I can say that…

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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 old is also Brazilian. I request assistance from the community…

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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 my daughter Rhynasa Luisa Duarte, 10 years old, number A…

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Federal decision is not strong enough ; Reaffirm Commitment To Fight For Families detained in Karnes and Dilley (TX)

Interview with Diego Mancha during the press conference by groups that included Feminists Unite, SAIYM , Attorney Virginia Raymond in front of San Fernando Cathedral. This action was in response to the decision of the federal court (R.I.L.-R. versus Jeh Johnson) that goes against justification by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to warehouse hundreds of children, women and families in detention centers as a way of deterring further migration. However, it is still not sufficiently strong enough to completely invalidate family detention.

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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

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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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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, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith,…

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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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