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(Los Angeles, March 23, 2016) – Dozens of transgender women, including asylum seekers who have come to the United States seeking protection from abuse in their home countries, are locked up in jails or prison-like immigration detention centers across the country at any point in time, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many have been subjected to sexual assault and ill-treatment in detention, while others are held in indefinite solitary confinement. [Read the full report here]

The 68-page report, “Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?’: Abuse against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention,” documents 28 cases of transgender women who were held in US immigration detention between 2011 and 2015. More than half of the transgender women Human Rights Watch interviewed were held in men’s facilities at some point. Half also spent time in solitary confinement, in many cases allegedly for their protection. But solitary confinement is a form of abuse in and of itself, and many who had spent time there experienced trauma and profound psychological distress. Read more

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Destructive Delay, written by Tania Unzueta and co-authored by B. Loewe, illuminates the inhumane interior Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices that continue unabated while the President postpones action and it highlights the human cost of the delay. The key findings shed light on an agency driven by one calculated mission, to meet a draconian deportation quota, regardless of the costs to public safety, institutional integrity, moral or constitutional considerations.

Through almost three dozen interviews with front-line organizers, legal experts, and people in deportation proceedings, Destructive Delay collects previously disparate and disconnected stories of the lived experience of ICE enforcement activity into a single document. The report provides real-life context for the rhetoric of the debate and gives an inside look into how immigration policy is actually working on the ground.

The Deportation Defense: A Guide for Members of Congress and Other Elected Officials is a step-by-step tool for members of congress to help protect their constituents from continuing deportations. The guide was authored by five national immigrant rights organizations, United We Dream, PICO National Network, National Immigration Project, Immigration Law Resource Center and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Read more

What is Prosecutorial Discretion?

Prosecutorial Discretion – Alto a la Polimigra

Restore Trust

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This webpage provides resources to get you started on breaking ICE’s hold on your Community.

The Basics:


State and Local TRUST Acts:

City and County Laws and Policies Limiting ICE Holds

State Laws and Policies Limiting ICE Holds

In Depth:

 Full text of federal court decisions, legal memos, and internal ICE documents confirming that ICE holds are voluntary

Resources for Faith Communities

The Numbers:

Through the Freedom of Information Act, the National Immigration Justice Center obtained data about all the ICE holds issued nationwide from 2007-2010.

Download the spreadsheets for 2007200820092010 and sort by location to find out how many detainers were issued in your county or city.

This guide is based on the idea that community advocacy and support for an individual can stop a deportation, even when the person does not qualify for established forms of relief. There are many factors that determine whether someone will be removed from the country or not, but based on the work of community advocates around the country, we know that public support and a strategic campaigns can be the difference between a family staying together, and a family being broken up.

The following pages are meant to provide people in deportation proceedings, community advocates and organizers with tools, resources, and templates to organize public campaigns to stop individual deportations. Our goal is to concretely reduce the number of people in removal and detention, and to build the capacity of local organizations and regions to take on or strengthen their work against deportations.

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