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Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 9 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access"... Read More

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children... Read More

Tags: berks , ryan , atd , raices , DHS , karnes , dilley

PA Revokes License of Berks County Immigration Lockup
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, Jan. 30, 2016 - "the state decided to revoke the operating license of a residential facility used by the federal government to house asylum-seeking immigrant families. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said it won't renew the... Read More

Kinship as Particular Social Group: Guatemalan CAT/Withholding Victory at Berks Immigration Court
Posted on 30 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The pernicious problem of gender-based violence in Guatemala is a complex phenomenon. But at its core lies the inescapable fact that women in Guatemala are generally viewed as subservient to men and according to the police, unworthy of its protections... Read More

IJ Orders Release of Child at Berks on Recognizance
Posted on 25 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Aug. 16, 2017, Immigration Judge Walter A. Durling ordered the release on recognizance of a child who had been detained at the Berks County, PA "baby jail" for over 650 days. Please read his decision in full. Hats off to Bridget Cambria... Read More

Report: Immigrant Family Detention Harming Kids' Health
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new report finds that despite reforms to the family detention system, parents held at a Pennsylvania facility are still struggling to be released and are worried that their children's mental health and well-being could be in jeopardy. The... Read More

Detention of Refugees Illegal Under Penn. Law - Letter to Attorney General
Posted on 24 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A group of immigration attorneys and advocates representing mothers and children being held at a family immigration detention center in Pennsylvania have requested the state attorney general close the facility. The Berks County Residential Center... Read More

Will Judge Gee's Order Cover Berks? Lawyers Are Dubious
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anthony Orozco, Reading Eagle, Sept. 15, 2015 - "While a federal judge has ordered undocumented immigrant women and children to be released from U.S. detention centers, it remains unclear what that means for the Berks County Residential Center. ... Read More

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years in Immigration Jail
Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katie Shepherd, Aug. 9, 2017 - "An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for... Read More

Initial Reactions to Executive Actions on Immigration
Posted on 21 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"No mention, in the President's speech, of releasing the mothers and children from Artesia, from Karnes City, from Dilley, from Berks County. If "felons, not families" is to have meaning, close those jails and release those refugees... Read More

ICE Releases a Handful of Refugees from Texas Lockups
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With pressure building on the Obama administration to improve or abolish the detention of immigrant families, officials have agreed to release on bond at least half a dozen immigrant mothers, some of whom had sued the federal government for relief... Read More

ICE Seeks Return of Children to Immigration Jail
Posted on 22 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Benshoff, WHYY, Newsworks, Aug. 21, 2017 - "On a video-conferencing screen at an immigration court in York County Prison, a 4-year-old boy appears, sitting in a white plastic chair next to his mother. Wearing a suit, he colors a piece of... Read More