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    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report on Poor Detention Conditions at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facilities

    Washington, DC -- This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released findings based on the investigation of five Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers throughout the United States. The report documents that the OIG inspections “raised concerns about the treatment and care of ICE detainees at four facilities...Overall, the problems we identified undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment.”

    Our Detention System Is Broken.

    This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

    “…I know I lost all my rights when I arrived to this country. … It does not seem right to me that, knowing if a person is returned, she will be killed, that the U.S. returns the person anyway.” Rosa, Detained in El Paso

    It does not seem right to us at the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) either. The United States should be a country where rights are protected, not taken away.

    Reproductive rights supporters protest decision barring undocumented teen from getting abortion

    “Justicia para Jane! Whose bodies? Our bodies!” chanted a group of about 30 protesters in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building Friday morning. The protesters, made up of mostly Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America organizers and staff, were speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to bar an undocumented teenager from getting an abortion for her unwanted pregnancy. The young woman, identified as Jane Doe in court, was detained after crossing the southern U.S. border in Texas.

    Undocumented Minors Who Suffered Rape May Be Denied Abortions In Government Custody

    Many undocumented immigrant girls seeking safety in the United States are raped during their journeys. Once they arrive, they are put in custody of a government that is now obstructing access to abortion.

    Trump Administration Stops Underage, Undocumented Immigrants from Getting Abortions

    The Trump administration has taken steps to prevent underage, undocumented immigrants from getting abortions.

    Trump official halts abortions among undocumented, pregnant teens

    The policy marks a departure from the Obama administration, when an undocumented teen’s request was not reviewed unless she sought federal funds.

    Smith, Jayapal Call For Immigration Detention System Reforms

    The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would increase protections for immigrants jailed in private facilities.

    Trump Wants to Make It Easier to Detain and Deport Unaccompanied Central American Children

    The White House insists on overhauling how children at the border are treated as part of any deal that protect Dreamers.

    Pregnant Immigrants Say They’ve Been Denied Medical Care in Detention Centers

    A complaint alleges ICE is violating its own guidelines for the treatment of pregnant asylum-seekers.

    ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show

    ICE has detained 525 pregnant women since last October, which advocates call part of a troubling trend under Trump.

    Immigrants in U.S. Seeking Safe Haven Worry Trump May Send Them Back

    Thousands of Salvadorans, Haitians and others now sheltered in the United States from danger in their home countries might have to leave under a crackdown the Trump administration is weighing on a program that critics slam as "back-door" immigration.

    Prison for Survivors

    This blog was cross-posted from Medium.

    Earlier this year, a woman named Clara arrived at the United States border seeking protection from gender-based harm she faced in West Africa. She had endured an arduous journey trying to reach the U.S. border, where officials registered her claim for asylum. Rather than release her to pursue her case, however, officials sent Clara into the vast network of immigration detention facilities across the U.S. Since arriving in this country, she has been treated like a criminal, shackled and transferred multiple times between different detention facilities, awaiting a final decision on her request for protection that will determine her fate.

    Cada vez hay más mujeres detenidas por ICE en un contexto hecho para hombres

    La cantidad de mujeres y niñas en centros de detención migratoria de los Estados Unidos ha aumentado exponencialmente en los últimos años, pero los centros de detención están ideados y manejados para hombres, indicaron abogados de derechos humanos.

    Denuncian maltrato a mujeres embarazadas en centros de detención para inmigrantes

    Los testimonios de diez embarazadas se incluyen en una queja presentada ante el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) que alega que han sido víctimas de detenciones indebidas y falta de atención médica en cárceles ICE.

    ICE Violates Own Policy by Locking Up Pregnant Women, Complaint Alleges

    Lawyers in South Texas say they noticed the change about two months ago: More pregnant women, who normally would have been released quickly, were being held for weeks in detention centers run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    ICE Not Following Its Own Rules on Releasing Pregnant People

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in August 2016 issued a policy recommending that pregnant people “generally not be detained.” Aside from incidents of mandatory detention or extraordinary circumstances, ICE followed that strategy.

    But there are indications that the federal immigration agency has revoked that policy and is now detaining pregnant people “at the rate of one per day,” according to advocates.

    J. Potashnik and Associates Offers Immigration Fraud Defense to Asylum Seekers

    A substantial number of the U.S. public organizations have signed a joint letter opposing the bill. This list includes Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association of Social Workers, the Episcopal Church, Women's Refugee Commission and many more nonprofits.

    Complaint alleges harm to pregnant women in immigration detention centers

    The complaint — made to the department’s inspector general and civil rights officer — alleges that the women suffered physical and psychological harm and asks the department to investigate the cases and report on what steps immigration authorities will take to enforce its policies on the detention and treatment of pregnant women.

    Why is ICE Detaining So Many Pregnant Women?

    Emma is one of the hundreds of undocumented pregnant women who are sent to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center after crossing the border — even though ICE policy forbids detention of pregnant women except under "extraordinary circumstances."

    ICE Continues to Violate Its Own Policy and Detain Undocumented Pregnant Women

    Despite a department policy discouraging the prolonged detainment of pregnant women, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has routinely arrested them since President Trump took office and commenced his assault on immigration. The continued detention of pregnant women prompted a coalition of several legal advocacy groups to file a complaint with the Department of Homeland security on Tuesday.