TAKE ACTION: Send letter to Obama and DOJ not to appeal Flores settlement enforcement decision for imprisoned families

This week Obama and the DOJ were dealt a blow when the Flores settlement enforcement decision was upheld and they were ordered to no longer detain families. However, they are expected to appeal this decision. Please send letter to Obama and DOJ not to appeal Flores settlement enforcement decision for immigrants -- THANK YOU!

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Read more about the article 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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Read more about the article 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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Read more about the article 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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Parole RFI Families: National Organizational Sign On Letter

We, the undersigned, write to you with grave concern over the Administration’s current position to deny parole to all families who receive positive findings following the completion of a Reasonable Fear Interview (RFI) before the U.S. Asylum Office. We urge you to immediately reverse this policy and to grant parole for families once they successfully complete the RFI process and receive positive findings.

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Bring Ana’s sister back

We need your help. Our friend Ana is fighting to get her sister and 10-year-old nephew out of detention. After fleeing their home country for life-threatening reasons and seeking asylum in the United States, they have been in the Karnes Detention Center in Texas for over one year.

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Help Reunite a Family

y dear friend Alta Gracias has spent the past six months locked up in an immigration detention facility with her three small children, after fleeing her native El Salvador in search of an escape from the violence overrunning the country. She has finally made it through the first steps of the legal process for filing an asylum claim, and she and her children are being released to family on the East Coast.

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

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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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Tell ICE: Release Mothers On Hunger Strike At Texas Immigrant Detention Center

Women held in Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison work for $3/day, their children's health is deteriorating, and many haven't been given the opportunity to post a reasonable bond for their release. Conditions have gotten so bad that 40 women began a hunger strike earlier this week. Many of these women fled to the United States because they feared for their lives. Now they, and even their children, are being put in solitary confinement cells in the medical wing of the prison for participating in the strike. The mothers are on their 5th day of not taking food and they need our support more than ever.

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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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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 threats, domestic violence, and child abuse in their countries. The Obama administration has responded by detaining these families in prison-like conditions for months, many times denying them release on bond and inhibiting their ability to apply for political asylum. A nationwide network of lawyers and activists is organizing to end this practice and to argue through legal representation that the women and children should be allowed to exercise their internationally recognized rights to live free from violence and persecution. Come and hear about this work through a transnational feminist lens.

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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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