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Report Takes Hard Look at Immigration Detention

March 23, 2012 (1 min read)

"The immigrants being held in Essex County and facing deportation tell of being locked down in rooms while being denied medical help, of not getting "a mere" 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in nutrition, of trying to sleep fully clothed in freezing spaces, of fellow detainees "who haven’t seen the sun for over two years."

These are some of the testimonial details gathered from detainees whose anonymous quotes lace a disturbing report released yesterday by New York University School of Law’s immigrant-rights clinic.

The report, titled "Immigration Incarceration: The Expansion and Failed Reform of Immigration Detention in Essex County, N.J." and done in cooperation with New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees, will undergird an important law school-run conference today in Newark that focuses on the rights and treatment of the nation’s scores of imprisoned immigrants." - Star-Ledger, Mar. 23, 2012.