Posts Tagged Immigration

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress remembers coming home from school to learn that her family had been deported

Actress Diane Guerrero experienced our draconian immigration policies first-hand when she was 14 years old, and came home from school to an empty house. Hours later she would find out her family had been taken to a detention center and would be deported. Guerrero is using her voice to speak out for humane, fair, and sensible immigration reform.

Actress Diane Guerrero experienced our draconian immigration policies first-hand when she was 14 years old, and came home from school to an empty house. Hours later she would find out her family had been taken ...

The Feministing Five: Rage M. Kidvai

This week we spoke to Rage M. Kidvai, the Paul Rapoport Foundation/Equal Justice Works Law Fellow, Immigrant Justice Project at the Sylvia Rivera Justice Project. With their bad-ass title, Rage does incredible work for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex undocumented people as a part of such an incredible organization.

This week we spoke to Rage M. Kidvai, the Paul Rapoport Foundation/Equal Justice Works Law Fellow, Immigrant Justice Project at the Sylvia Rivera Justice Project. With their bad-ass title, Rage does incredible work for transgender, gender non-conforming, ...

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7 reasons to end immigrant detention yesterday

News flash: Immigration detention centers have been awful and continue to be awful for everyone. But more and more organizations and activists are shedding light on just how horrible they are, and the very immediate need we have for alternatives to incarceration. 

News flash: Immigration detention centers have been awful and continue to be awful for everyone. But more and more organizations and activists are shedding light on just how horrible they are, and the very immediate need we have ...

Private detention corporations are profiting off of detaining migrant survivors of sexual violence

This week Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officially announced its plans to open a new family detention center in Dilley, Texas, to house mostly women and children. This will be the fourth “residential center” in the country after facilities in Artesia, New Mexico and Karnes City, Texas were opened in response to the recent influx of unaccompanied child migrants, joining a long-standing family facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania . If the existing facilities teach us anything about the way women migrants and asylum seekers are treated in this country, Dilley will be a money-making machine for the private prison industry and a hot bed of human rights violations.

In response to the treatment they have witnessed in Artesia and Karnes, 126 women’s and ...

This week Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officially announced its plans to open a new family detention center in Dilley, Texas, to house mostly women and children. This will be the fourth “residential center” in the country after ...

Women being deported back to life-threatening conditions in Latin America are fighting back

For months now, we have been hearing about the “immigrant crisis” that is causing thousands of women and children to flee the violence that is wracking parts of Central America (and that is rooted in U.S. interventions in Latin America). This crisis has increased human rights violations in the detention system and given the U.S. government the excuse to deny women and families the due process they deserve in seeking asylum. But these women and the civil rights groups and volunteers supporting them aren’t having it, and it seems that politicians just might be listening.

For months now, we have been hearing about the “immigrant crisis” that is causing thousands of women and children to flee the violence that is wracking parts of Central America (and that is rooted in ...

The Feministing Five: #FreeMarichuy’s Olga Tomchin

Marichuy Leal Gamino, 23, has been detained at the for-profit ICE center in Eloy, Arizona for over a year. A trans woman forced into a men’s facility, she has faced sexual harassment and threats from men. Despite her efforts to report these threats to the facility guards, she has no received protection and was recently raped by her cellmate.

After reporting her assault, Marichuy was pressured into signing a document saying that the assault was “consensual.” After reaching out to external organizing groups like the Transgender Law Center, Arcoíris Liberation Team, and the Puente Movement, she was involuntarily placed into solitary confinement.

#FreeMarichuy has assembled a coalition of over 70 LGBTQ and immigration rights activists to, ...

Marichuy Leal Gamino, 23, has been detained at the for-profit ICE center in Eloy, Arizona for over a year. A trans woman forced into a men’s facility, she has faced sexual harassment and threats from men. Despite ...

The US is locking up pregnant immigrants despite policy against it

According to official Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, pregnant immigrants aren’t supposed to be detained except if they pose a public safety threat. ICE officials have claimed this is such a rare occurrence it’s not even worth asking about. 

According to official Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, pregnant immigrants aren’t supposed to be detained except if they pose a public safety threat. ICE officials have claimed this is such a rare occurrence it’s not even worth asking ...

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