Shalyn Fluharty Appointed Executive Director of Americans for Immigrant Justice

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Arthur Hernandez, Director of Development & Marketing305-573-1106 ext. 1100 | ahernandez@aijustice.org Miami, Florida (May 24, 2022) – Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) proudly announces the appointment of Shalyn (“Shay”) Fluharty as Executive Director. Ms. Fluharty will assume her duties on August 15, 2022. As announced earlier this year, co-founder Cheryl Little will retire at the end of June …

Immigration Advocates File Complaints Protesting the Treatment of Children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody

For Immediate ReleaseContacts: Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, Director, AI Justice’s Children’s Legal Program, janzardo@aijustice.orgMaite Garcia, Supervising Attorney, AI Justice’s Children’s Legal Program, mgarcia@aijustice.org Miami, FL (April 7, 2022) – Yesterday, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) detailing patterns of abuse and mistreatment of immigrant children in CBP custody at …

Amid Abuses and Mounting Community Pressure for Closure, ICE Cancels Key Provision of Detention Contract with Glades County

Following the transfer or release of all remaining individuals under its custody from the Florida detention center, ICE announces end of “guaranteed minimum” agreement  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2022 Media contact: Jeff Migliozzi, jmigliozzi@freedomforimmigrants.org, 323-579-1506  MIAMI — This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transferred all remaining individuals in its custody out of the Glades County Detention Center …

Advocates Ask EPA to Investigate Toxic Chemical Misuse at Florida Detention Center

For Immediate Release, March 1, 2022 Contact: Erin Fitzgerald, Earthjustice Press Secretary Immigrants at Glades County Detention Center exposed to harmful disinfectant multiple times a day  Miami, FL — Today, Earthjustice along with 13 community advocacy groups who are part of the Shut Down Glades Coalition called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Glades County Detention Center in …

‘No one should be treated this way’: Congressional Leaders Renew Call on Biden Administration to Close Troubled Florida ICE Prison

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff Migliozzi, jmigliozzi@freedomforimmigrants.org, 323-579-1506 Growing number of lawmakers join immigrants and advocates’ demand to shut down Glades County Detention Center amid ongoing human rights abuses WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 2, 2022) — In a new letter addressed to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a group of 17 members of the U.S. House urged the Biden administration to …

Cheryl Little, Co-Founder & Executive Director, to Retire in Spring 2022

For Immediate Release Contact: Arthur Hernandez, Director of Development & Marketing 305-573-1106 ext. 1100 | ahernandez@aijustice.org Miami, FL (January 5, 2021) – Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cheryl Little, will be retiring this spring after some 40 years of tireless dedication to the immigrant community in South Florida and across the United States. The search …

Demands Grow For Investigation Of Anti-Blackness In Florida County Jail

October 25, 2021 Contact: Rebecca Talbot, Immigrant Action Alliance, rebecca@immigrantactionalliance.org, 484-645-3394 Jessica Schneider, Director of AI Justice’s Detention Program, jschneider@aijustice.org A coalition of local and national organizations filed a civil rights complaint today calling for the release of people detained in immigration detention and for an investigation into serious abuses committed against two men detained in the county jail in Glades County, …

Use of Toxic Chemicals Endangering Safety, Reproductive Health of Immigrants in Detention

September 20, 2021 Newly obtained records reveal officials at Florida immigration detention center used industrial-strength chemical at 64 times strength allowed by EPA Contact: Jeff Migliozzi, Freedom for Immigrants, jmigliozzi@freedomforimmigrants.org Devra Gelman, Americans for Immigrant Justice, dgelman@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, Fla. – A disturbing investigative report published in Scientific American reveals that officials at a federal immigration detention center in Glades …

Formerly Detained Muslims Receive Damages for the Denial of Their Right to Observe Their Religion by Glades County Detention Center

For Immediate Release August 12, 2021 Contact: Lisa Lehner, Director of Litigation 305-573-1106 ext. 1020 | llehner@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, FL— Today, Muslim Advocates, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and the law firm King & Spalding, announce a settlement with the Glades County Detention Center for its discriminatory and abusive practices at a county-run immigration detention facility that systematically prevented …

Immigrant Right Advocates Submit Complaint on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Abuses at Glades County Detention Center Amidst Reckless COVID-19 Response

For Immediate Release February 22, 2021 Contact: Jessica Schneider, Director of AI Justice’s Detention Program, jschneider@aijustice.org GLADES COUNTY, FL— Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), along with eight other immigrant rights organizations, submitted a multi-individual federal civil rights complaint against the Glades County Detention Center (Glades) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaint was submitted on behalf of the approximately 300 …