Groups Call on ICE to Reinstate Community-Based Visitation Programs

Groups Call on ICE to Reinstate Community-Based Visitation Programs

Visitation Ban in Adelanto Detention Center

ICE SUSPENDS CIVIC-AFFILIATED VISITATION PROGRAMS IN RESPONSE TO CIVIC’S PUBLIC CRITICISM OF DETENTION CONDITIONS

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2013  – Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)—a national group working to end the isolation and abuse of people in immigration detention through visitation—and the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), along with other legal service providers and advocates, sent two letters requesting that ICE reinstate community visitation programs immediately. ICE suspended the visitation programs on July 24th at three detention centers in Southern California following public comments by CIVIC’s co-executive director criticizing ICE’s treatment of detainees. Learn more here.

Aug. 12 Update: We have not yet received a response from ICE, except for an email saying that they would be in touch with us. We do look forward to hearing from them and developing a pathway forward.  We have received a surprising amount of media attention. Some highlights include articles in the S.F. Chronicle, Fox News Latina, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, and many others via the Associated Press. Additionally, we have had some radio interviews and television segments on CNN Espanol and Telemundo, among others.  It is clear that the community values visitation as a means to alleviate the isolation people in immigration detention experience on a daily basis.  You can read some of these articles here: http://www.endisolation.org/news/in-the-media/

For more pictures from our vigil outside of the Adelanto Detention Center, check out San Bernardino’s The Sun.  It was about 100 degrees that day, yet approximately 50 or more people attended this event in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

To learn more about the visitation program affected by the suspensions, check out Friends of Orange County Detainees and Friends of Adelanto Detainees.

For media inquiries, email Christina Fialho at CFialho@endisolation.org or at 385-212-4842.