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Following Court Ruling, Texas Immigration Judges Release Families

"Immigration judges Monday began ordering the release of families held in the Dilley detention center in the wake of a court decision striking down the Obama administration’s policy of holding Central American families. The judges hearing cases Monday ordered all nine mothers who had bail...

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to and quality of care, and...

Habeas Petition Filed for Refugee Mom, Child Held by ICE in Dilley, Texas: Gutierrez-Cruz v. Lucero

"For more than six months, immigration authorities have imprisoned Petitioner Lolian Celina Gutierrez Cruz ("Ms. Gutierrez") and her six year-old daughter, Maria, in unlicensed, for-profit family detention facilities in South Texas. The federal government's prolonged, unjustifiable...

ICE Bans Two Lawyers From Dilley

"Attorney Kim Hunter received a letter earlier this month from immigration authorities telling her she'd been banned from a family detention center in South Texas for being "belligerent" in demanding the release of her clients one late July night. Andrew Free learned Aug. 3 that...

Groups Allege Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children in Texas Immigration Lockup

AIC, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, submitted...

CRCL Complaint Details How Family Detention Facility Endangers Incarcerated Mothers and Children

AILA Doc No. 15100606, Oct. 6, 2015 - "Today, the American Immigration Council (Council), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), partners in the CARA Family Detention...

TRO Halts Licensing of Texas Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids

Virginia Alvino, Texas Public Radio, Nov. 2, 2015 - "A state judge has temporarily halted efforts for two Texas immigration detention centers to be licensed as child care facilities. That's put the future of the centers in Dilley and Karnes in question." More here at Law360.

Judge Prohibits Texas from Licensing Family Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Nov. 20, 2015 - "Grassroots Leadership today won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as childcare facilities under an emergency rule. The emergency rule...

The Refugee Jail Deep in the Heart of Texas

Aseem Mehta, Dec. 2015 - "While families fleeing the Middle East continue to dominate the news, the U.S. government has quietly built a gargantuan detention center for Central American migrants."

Deportations Stopped for 12 Immigrants Targeted in Raids

AP, Jan. 5, 2016 - "Some of the first Central American families targeted by immigration authorities in recent raids have had their deportations temporarily halted. Lawyers said Tuesday that they've managed to temporarily stop deportation proceedings for 12 individuals from four families rounded...

Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman Play Key Role in Defending Detained Refugee Kids, Moms in Texas

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 31, 2016 - "More than 120 women with children — loaded into government vehicles and shuffled from city to city — arrived this month at the immigrant family detention center in Dilley, adding to the caseloads of lawyers working out of a large...

Reflections on Dilley Family Detention - Prof. Kristina Campbell

ImmigrationProf Blog, Mar. 11, 2016 - " The following was written by Kristina Campbel l, Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Kristina just spent her spring break volunteering at the...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Files Complaint with DHS

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, Mar. 28, 2016 - "We submit this complaint to register our ongoing concern regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention centers. On June 30, 2015, the American Immigration...

Immigrant Detention Centers Through the Eyes of a Therapist - 'What Happened in World War II is Happening Again'

Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Unlike the internment camps, which were filled with people singled out for their ancestry, the nation's three family detention centers hold hundreds of adults and children who crossed into the U.S. illegally or are seeking...

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country. Revenues...

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered standards to the nation’s largest immigration...

Report: Refugee Moms, Kids Targeted by DHS Enforcement Actions Show Disturbing Due Process Concerns

CLINIC and CARA Pro Bono Family Detention Project, June 15, 2016 - "The stories of Central American mothers who were picked up for deportation in the latest round of federal enforcement actions shows a pattern of targeted scrutiny towards individuals who have viable asylum claims, states CLINIC...

How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy - Stephen Manning, TEDx

TEDx, June 2016 - "Attorney Stephen W. Manning is a founding partner of Immigrant Law Group PC and the founder and director of the Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit that combines technology and litigation to create next generation activism against mass incarceration of refugees and immigrants. This...

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the...

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south of San Antonio. After initially signaling...

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child care licenses to the nation’s...

Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses to the South Texas Family Residential Center...

Lawsuit Filed Challenging ICE Interference with Legal Representation at Dilley

AIC, June 1, 2017 - Dilley Pro Bono Project v. ICE, No. (D.D.C. filed June 1, 2017) "This case stems from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) decision to bar Caroline Perris, a full-time legal assistant with the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), from entering the South Texas Family...

ICE Settles Case Challenging Interference with Legal Representation at Dilley

AIC, Aug. 16, 2017 - "The parties in Dilley Pro Bono Project v. ICE have reached a settlement that ensures access to mental health evaluations for certain detained mothers and children seeking asylum. The case was filed after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) barred Caroline Perris, a full...

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children

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" to any facility where immigrant children...