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Detention Watch Network Calls on President Obama to Release Mothers and Children as Conditions at Karnes Detention Camp Deteriorate
Reports Emerging Out of Karnes Cite Use of Solitary Confinement
KARNES CITY, TEXAS — Reports have emerged from the Karnes Detention Center that more than 40 mothers have begun a hunger strike. In recent weeks, some legal service providers have been denied entrance to the facility. The situation has since escalated with guards using solitary confinement on mothers and their children. Communications in and out of the facility have also been severely limited.
In response to these developments, Aurea Martinez, organizer at Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:
“The United States’ family detention policy has reached a new low. In the midst of a hunger strike to end human rights abuses, mothers and children at Karnes are facing an increasingly hostile environment. We are deeply disturbed by reports of women and children in solitary confinement, and increasingly restricted communication out of the facility – all targeted at mothers and children who came here seeking shelter from violence. Physically isolated with few ways to challenge their unjust incarceration, hunger strikes are one of the few tactics women at Karnes have to make their voices heard. It’s time for President Obama and Congress to stop the abuse of immigrant families and take steps to end the cruel and inhumane practice of immigrant detention once and for all.”
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