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ACLU, civil rights groups, allege abuses against immigrant detainees in North Florida jail – Florida Phoenix

by Michael Moline A coalition of civil-rights groups that includes the ACLU of Florida have filed an administrative complaint alleging a pattern of “horrific” mistreatment of immigration detainees being held at the Baker County Detention Center in North Florida. The 22-page complaint, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and related government departments including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeks …

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Florida migrant detention center subject of federal complaint – ABC News

By Armando Garcia “A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee in Florida said a group of officers threatened to take him to solitary confinement, then assaulted him, according to a federal complaint filed by several immigration groups. The allegation is part of a 102-page complaint against the Baker County Detention Center in Macclenny by a group of 15 current …

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Civil rights groups file complaint alleging ‘inhumane conditions’ at federal wing of Baker County jail – News4Jax

by Tarik Minor “Andrea Jacoski is the director for Americans for Immigrant Justice, whose law firm assisted in coauthoring the federal complaint calling for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to shutter the federal facility. Spoiled and rotten food, a lack of hygiene products and non-drinkable water documented in the complaint are among the injustices immigrant advocates want the public …

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Federal complaint claims ‘a living hell’ for immigrants inside ICE’s Baker County Detention Center – Florida Times-Union

by Dan Scanlan “Andrea Jacoski, a director with Americans for Immigrant Justice, said her team saw abuses during site visits and heard more during interviews with clients detained there. ‘We have authored reports and complaint letters throughout the years alerting ICE and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office staff, who oversee the detention center, of the egregious human rights violations occurring …

Shut Down Glades Coalition Update: Five Wins and the Road Ahead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: news@aijustice.org MIAMI (July 7, 2022) — Following news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to extend its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention contract with Glades County, the Shut Down Glades Coalition celebrates the following five wins achieved by sustained pressure over the past year and a half in its fight to close Glades …

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Letter to DHS: Close Glades County Detention Center

April 20, 2022 The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2707 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Washington, DC 20528 Re: PETITION Requesting the Administration to Abstain from Renewing Contract with Glades County (Florida) with a Performance Period End Date of April 30, 2022. Dear Secretary Mayorkas, The undersigned Florida …

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 Contact: news@aijustice.org MIAMI — This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transferred all remaining individuals in its custody out of the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, Florida, …

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Feds will limit use of Glades migrant detention center in Florida after complaints – Miami Herald

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes and Michael Wilner “Lily Hartmann, a human rights advocate at Americans for Immigrant Justice, said her organization applauded the announcement to limit use of the facility. But she also told the Herald that they and other immigrant rights organizations continue to push for the facility’s permanent closure so that no immigrants are detained there in the future. …

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‘Lives continue to be in danger’: Lawmakers want FL migrant detention center to close – Miami Herald

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes “A group of 17 members of Congress asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday to shutter a Florida detention center that houses migrant detainees and that is at the heart of multiple complaints made to the Biden administration. The Feb. 2 letter points to a slew of recent grievances from immigration advocates and watchdog …

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, …