Statement in Response to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

“The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office has pledged to take seriously the allegations made by a group of women detained at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond.

But calling these reports “misleading” is the exact opposite of taking them seriously. What is happening at West County is not an anomaly. It is the status quo across immigration detention facilities in the U.S.

Instead of trying to discredit the women’s reports of harsh living conditions, the Sheriff’s Office should focus its energy on rectifying the issue immediately and launching a fully independent investigation.”

— Christina Mansfield, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, CIVIC