Immigration Detention: Add Your Voice to the Conversation

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Recognizing that the conditions of detention for immigration purposes have deteriorated over the last several years, the Commission of Civil Rights recently voted to appoint a subcommittee to investigate the conditions of detention centers in order to update its 2015 report.

As part of this process, on April 12, 2019, the Commission held an in-person public comment session and heard from a range of individuals including: former immigration detainees, concerned citizens, immigration advocates, child welfare experts and attorneys.  Witnesses shared stories about their personal experiences and or eye witness accounts of the poor conditions of immigration detention facilities, dehumanizing treatment, impediments to legal assistance and isolation.

Now, the Commission is very interested in receiving written statements, particularly those that discuss detention and children. If you have experience or an opinion on the current state of immigration detention and want to have a role in changing our detention system, please consider answering the call for written public comments!

There is no word limit, however, you need to adhere to the parameters of addressing issues pertaining to immigration detention.

Your statement will help in two main ways.  One, you will be helping the Commission gain a better understanding of how women, children, families and all detainees are treated in detention centers and the devastating consequences recent policy and procedural changes have had in their lives. Two, your advice can help shape detention reform recommendations and future actions taken by the Commission.

Where and When to Submit Your Written Comments:

Where: To submit a comment, send a written statement to immigration@usccr.gov or mail to: OCRE/ Public Comments, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425.

Deadline: All comments need to be submitted by May 13, 2019.

For more information regarding the submission of comments or the in-person session that took place on April 12, please click here.


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