Today, we will be presenting testimony on the immigration detention system at a Congressional Hearing hosted by Congressman Joe Garcia and Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida. The testimony will be introduced as part of the Congressional Record at a Sub-Committee on Immigration.
The main complaints CIVIC and visitor volunteers receive from people in immigration detention across the country concern one of the following: prolonged detention, physical abuse, sexual harassment, medical abuse/neglect, arbitrary or overuse of solitary confinement, lack of access to legal representation or to the law library, visitation problems, exorbitant phone call prices, frequent transfers, religious freedom violations, food/nutrition issues, hygiene/detention cleanliness, and unsafe releases. Our testimony provides an overview of each of these complaints.
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