PRISIONEROS DEL ICE

April 14, 2014

Check it out! A powerful video by Mundo Hispánico's Mario Guevara on detention conditions in Georgia and our request for a Congressional investigation.

Watch the video here
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Mi más reciente reportaje sobre la situación de los detenidos en la cárcel de Inmigración de Stewart. Compártelo!!!

My most recent report on the situation of the detainees in the prison of immigration of Stewart. Share it!

— with Mario Guevara, Dan Ortiz, Azadeh N. Shahshahani, Mario Alexander Guevara and Galeria de Periodistas.

Inside America's $2bn immigrant detention industry

April 03, 2014

Franz Strasser
The BBC Franz Strasser

Under President Barack Obama, the US has deported almost two million undocumented immigrants, more than any of his predecessors.

Before being kicked out of the US, most of these people will spend time locked up in a detention centre. Some have criminal convictions, but the majority are detained on immigration charges.

Former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., to receive JFK ‘Profile in Courage’ award

March 28, 2014

Many congrats to Mayor Paul Bridges who joined our lawsuit against Georgia's anti-immigrant law for this well-deserved recognition!

By Jim Galloway
www.ajc.com

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced the two recipients of its annual Profile in Courage awards this afternoon.

One is well known – former President George H.W. Bush, who will be honored for breaking his no-new-taxes pledge to cement a bipartisan budget deal in 1990 and put his re-election chances in jeopardy. President Bill Clinton was the result.

But the bigger surprise is Paul Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., population 592 – give or take a few souls.


The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced the two recipients of its annual Profile in Courage awards this afternoon.

One is well known – former President George H.W. Bush, who will be honored for breaking his no-new-taxes pledge to cement a bipartisan budget deal in 1990 and put his re-election chances in jeopardy. President Bill Clinton was the result.

But the bigger surprise is Paul Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., population 592 – give or take a few souls.

ACLU Calls for Investigation, Closure of Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers

March 26, 2014

R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia has sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation asking them to investigate two federal immigration detention centers in Georgia.

The ACLU based its request in the March 21 letter on a 2012 report it prepared on immigration detention in Georgia. The report documented the plight of what the ACLU says are thousands of individuals detained in U.S. immigration and customs enforcement detention facilities whose civil rights have been violated while incarcerated at two privately-run, for-profit centers in Irwin and Stewart counties.

To Flee Abuse, Immigrants Need to Keep Car Keys

March 25, 2014

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani
WeNews commentator
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Georgia lawmakers just held back a crazy bill that would have removed drivers' licenses from a group of immigrants, including women fleeing abusive relationships. Many young female DREAMers are also hugely relieved.

The Georgia state legislature closed its session on March 20 and many immigrant women here heaved a sigh of relief. A trip to the grocery store or work or school won't mean risking arrest.

Hard to believe, but a small group of state lawmakers here recently tried to take away drivers' licenses from a group of people in the state with "deferred action" status under federal immigration procedures.

Those at risk included DREAMers with work permits under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and certain other people, including victims of domestic violence, with deferred action status granted for other reasons.

The ACLU of Georgia seeking a Congressional investigation of two of the worst immigration detention facilities in the country

March 22, 2014

The ACLU of Georgia has been joined by dozens of other local and national groups in seeking a Congressional investigation of two of the worst immigration detention facilities in the country, Stewart and the Irwin County Detention Center. This request comes in the face of inaction of ICE to recommendations in our May 2012 report, “Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia.” You can find the letter to the Georgia Congressional delegation here.

Another state considers discrimination based on ‘religious freedom’

February 25, 2014

By Adam Serwer
msnbc

Georgia is the latest state to consider legislation that could sanction discrimination in the name of religious freedom.

There are two versions of the Georgia bill – a state House version, HB 1023, and a state Senate version, SB 377. Both would affirm the “right to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious tenet or belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or a central part or requirement of the person’s religious tenets or beliefs.” Where those beliefs conflict with local, state or federal law, the government would have to prove that the law is meant to pursue a “a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”

ACLU of Georgia sends letters to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights experts requesting a meeting to discuss immigration detention conditions in Georgia

December 20, 2013

In light of the inaction of the federal government and for-profit prison corporations in the face of documented human rights violations, the ACLU of Georgia sent letters to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rapporteur on the Rights of People Deprived of Liberty and the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants, requesting a meeting to discuss immigration detention conditions in Georgia.

You can find the letters here and here.

The Unfulfilled Promise of International Migrants Day

December 18, 2013

Jurist
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today marks International Migrants Day, a day to be commemorated and celebrated by all in support of immigrants and their contributions to our communities. December 18th marks the date in 1990 that the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Migrant Workers Convention guarantees migrant workers and their families fundamental rights including equality before the law regardless of a migrant's legal status.

The promise of dignified treatment remains far from being fulfilled for many immigrants in the US, however.

Advancing Human Rights 2013: Dignity. USHRN Biannual National Conference

December 05, 2013

USHRN Biannual National Conference
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia
December 6-8, 2013
Atlanta, GA 30339
Azadeh Shahshahani, National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Director, of the ACLU of Georgia, will be presenting on two workshop/panels.