Here is a short video interview I did with AILA National on what it was like winning asylum for a detained mother and child in Artesia, New Mexico. AILA Quicktake #105
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) urges President Obama to the stop the Administration’s current policy of detention and rapid deportation of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Read the: OPEN LETTER TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON THE TREATMENT OF MINORS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Detention Watch Network issued a new report documenting the inhumane, unlawful conditions that mothers and children are subjected to under the Obama Administration’s deplorable new family detention policy. Read the report here: Expose and Close: Artesia Family Residential Center
Another grant of asylum for a mother and 2 young children detained in a makeshift prison for three months at the Artesia Detention Center helps show that the Obama Administration is dead wrong in its classification of these women as “economic migrants.” Read the story in the Huffington Post here: Honduran Mom Fleeing Horrific Domestic Violence Granted Asylum
This article, which ran in the New York Times on April 10, 2014, helps illustrate where the Obama Administration’s current policies on family detention and the rapid deportation of Central American asylum seekers began. Check out: Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border.
The Obama Administration is planning a new family detention center in South Texas to hold an additional 2,400 mothers and children from Central America. The new family detention center will be run by the private prison corporation Corrections Corporation of American (CCA). The increased used of family detention as a political tool to deter lawful refugees from seeking the assistance of our country is nothing short of shameful. And Obama’s decision to invite the private prison industry to profit from the detention of mothers and children is absolutely disgusting. Read the story here: Feds Planning Massive Family Detention Center in South Texas
The work of volunteer lawyers from around the country is saving lives in Artesia, New Mexico. The first asylum merits hearing held at Artesia was granted for a victim of severe domestic violence from Honduras, thanks to efforts of a team of volunteer attorneys and the very brave woman who told her own story of persecution in court this week. Read the New York Times article here: In Remote Detention Center, a Battle on Fast Deportations
The newly opened 600 bed Karnes City, Texas detention facility for mothers and their children is just as bad as Artesia. The lack of Due Process, the categorical denial of bonds to mothers and children who have viable asylum claims, and the rushed adjudication process that denies these women the right to prepare their cases that I witnessed first hand at Artesia is now taking place the new Karnes detention center as well. Read more about it here: http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Feds-start-no-bond-policy-on-immigrants-at-5716884.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=48e04e8afe4b6b00f7.
Immigrant and Human Rights Advocacy groups sue the Obama Administration over the treatment of Central American mothers and children at the Artesia detention center. “The lawsuit calls Artesia a ‘deportation mill,’ created to send Central American mothers and children home to face certain harm, without any meaningful opportunity to be heard.” You can read the declarations of attorneys and legal professionals who witnessed this abuse of justice first hand, including mine, here: https://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/mspc-v-johnson-declarations.
Protecting the Rights of Women and Children – Immigration attorneys from around the country unite to help detained mothers and children at remote detention centers. I was lucky enough to get to travel to Artesia, NM and work with other amazing advocates, thanks to generous donations and the support of the AILA Oregon Chapter. Read more about this effort here: http://ailahub.aila.org/i/370882/14