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    GULAG USA: Legal Challenges to Immigration Detention MCLE Program

    Fri.-Sat., July 25-26
    California Western School of Law in San Diego

    The UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic and the UC Davis Immigration Law Alumni Council invite you to join them in San Diego on July 25 and 26.

    Friday, July 25 is an alumni reception at the Federal Defender's Office from 6pm-7:30pm featuring new Dean Kevin Johnson. Please join fellow alumni and immigration clinic staff in welcoming Dean Johnson and honoring the Federal Defender's Office for their outstanding litigation challenging the length and grounds of immigrant detention.

    On Saturday, July 26, we present the GULAG USA: Legal Challenges to Immigrant Detention, an MCLE program on keeping immigrant clients or criminal defendants out of detention and protecting their rights while detained. National experts will lead a training program on the legal issues for this area of law for immigration and criminal practitioners. The program is from 8:30am to 2:30pm and offers 4.5 MCLE Units.

    The event will be held at California Western School of Law in San Diego. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Teresa Medina at tmedina@ucdavis.edu by close of business Tuesday, July 15. There are no registration fees, but pre-registration is encouraged.

    For more information, please contact Teresa Medina at tmedina@ucdavis.edu

    http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/event.aspx?id=1749

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    GULAG USA: Legal Challenges to Immigration Detention MCLE Program

    Fri.-Sat., July 25-26
    California Western School of Law in San Diego

    The UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic and the UC Davis Immigration Law Alumni Council invite you to join them in San Diego on July 25 and 26.

    Friday, July 25 is an alumni reception at the Federal Defender's Office from 6pm-7:30pm featuring new Dean Kevin Johnson. Please join fellow alumni and immigration clinic staff in welcoming Dean Johnson and honoring the Federal Defender's Office for their outstanding litigation challenging the length and grounds of immigrant detention.

    On Saturday, July 26, we present the GULAG USA: Legal Challenges to Immigrant Detention, an MCLE program on keeping immigrant clients or criminal defendants out of detention and protecting their rights while detained. National experts will lead a training program on the legal issues for this area of law for immigration and criminal practitioners. The program is from 8:30am to 2:30pm and offers 4.5 MCLE Units.

    The event will be held at California Western School of Law in San Diego. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Teresa Medina at tmedina@ucdavis.edu by close of business Tuesday, July 15. There are no registration fees, but pre-registration is encouraged.

    For more information, please contact Teresa Medina at tmedina@ucdavis.edu

    http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/event.aspx?id=1749

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    • #3
      DHS OIG report on detainee deaths

      ICE Policies Related to Detainee Deaths and the Oversight of Immigration Detention Facilities; June 11, 2008.

      http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/mgmtr...8-52_Jun08.pdf

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      • #4
        ACLU Reacts to DHS OIG Report on ICE Detainee Deaths and Medical Care (7/1/2008)

        Calls report inadequate for addressing 2 out of 69 immigrant detainee deaths and asks Congress and courts to fix deplorable standards governing Immigrant Detention

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        Contact: (202) 675-2312, media@dcaclu.org

        Washington, DC – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reacts to the release of the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's report, "ICE Policies Related to Detainee Deaths and the Oversight of Immigration Detention Facilities." The report examines two of the 33 detainee deaths reported between January 1, 2005 and May 31, 2007 and DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) standards related to detainee deaths and the medical treatment of immigration detainees.

        "After compelling reports of deficient medical care on TV and in the newspapers and after detailed testimony before Congress, it comes as no surprise that the Inspector General would find failures in the system of the medical care provided immigrants held by ICE," said Michael Macleod-Ball, ACLU Chief Legislative and Policy Counsel. Unfortunately, the OIG report does not go far enough to rectify a deplorable situation – it failed to examine 31 of 33 reported deaths and none of the instances of grossly deficient medical care that resulted in harm short of death.

        "This report proves that the system cannot be fully cured without comprehensive legislative reform, such as the Detainee Medical Care Act, which is designed to provide thorough and professional medical care to those held by federal immigration authorities. A legislative fix is needed now more than ever to make sure detainees receive a thorough screening upon arrival, priority consideration for serious medical conditions, prompt treatment by qualified medical professionals, and an appropriate appeal mechanism."

        Gouri Bhat, ACLU National Prison Project's Senior Staff Counsel, reviewed the OIG report and said, "While the ACLU welcomes the investigation of any custodial deaths, 69 immigration detainees have died in custody since 2004, according to ICE's own figures, and almost no information has been made available about the vast majority of these deaths."

        "After repeatedly requesting critical information about dozens of detainee deaths, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last week seeking a court order requiring DHS to expedite and comply with the request for information about deaths in ICE custody. While incomplete, the OIG report also makes some effort to analyze medical detention standards and make recommendations regarding the lack of appropriate oversight of medical care at detention facilities. Deficient medical care is a leading cause of deaths in immigration detention, and is the subject of an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of immigration detainees at the San Diego Correctional Facility, an ICE facility run by Corrections Corporations of America, Inc."

        To view the OIG report, go to:
        http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/mgmtr...8-52_Jun08.pdf

        For more information, go to:
        http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/detention/index.html

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        http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/deten...s20080701.html

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        • #5
          Federal Report Recommends Improvements in Reporting Deaths of Immigrant Detainees

          By NINA BERNSTEIN
          Published: July 3, 2008

          The federal immigration agency should report all deaths in detention promptly, not only to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, but also to state authorities where required by law, the inspector general has recommended after a "special review" of the deaths of two immigrant detainees.

          The detainees "” a 60-year-old South Korean woman in Albuquerque and a 30-year-old Ecuadorean woman in St. Paul "” were among dozens whose deaths in the custody of the agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have drawn scrutiny in the past year.

          Congress, advocates for immigrants and the news media have highlighted the lack of systematic accountability in such cases, and documented problems with the medical care provided in the detention system, a patchwork of county jails, privately run prisons and federal facilities.

          Both detainees died because of serious medical conditions that existed before they were detained. But the review found that the cases pointed to larger problems with oversight and medical care, including the failure to recognize or act on serious health care deficiencies in both detention centers that had been documented by routine inspections.

          The 55-page report, released Tuesday, did not name the two detainees, but one was Young Sook Kim, a cook who died of metastasized pancreatic cancer on Sept. 11, 2006, a day after she was taken to a hospital from the Regional Correctional Center in Albuquerque, a county prison operated by the Cornell Companies.

          A complaint to the inspector general's hot line, testimony by a former employee, and an affidavit from a fellow detainee all contended that Ms. Kim had pleaded in vain for medical attention.

          The review found that it was already too late to save her life, and that Cornell clinical records showed the staff had responded to her written medical requests "” albeit only by giving her antacid tablets when she complained of stomach pain. But the review confirmed complaints that Cornell was slow to deal with sick calls because of a nursing shortage: a government inspection in September 2006 found ailing detainees had to wait for as long as 30 days to see the medical staff.

          That inspection, by the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee, also found that only 11 of 20 detainees with chronic conditions were regularly scheduled for chronic care clinics, and that its policies did not fulfill requirements to notify the Homeland Security Department "” the system's parent agency "” or the Justice Department of deaths.

          Ms. Kim's death was not reported, as required, to state medical investigators.

          The immigration agency initially maintained that the county should have reported the death, but on Wednesday, a spokeswoman, Kelly Nantel, said that "as a result of the report," the agency has directed that all deaths be reported to the appropriate state and federal authorities.

          The report also urged the immigration agency to pool information with the detention trustee. In September 2006, it noted, trustee inspectors gave the Albuquerque prison the lowest overall rating, "at risk" "” two levels below acceptable. But because the two agencies do not routinely share information, the report said, Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed some 3,500 more detainees at the facility.

          Last August, the immigration agency removed all detainees after its inspectors found a host of other problems, including an inadequate suicide watch.

          The Minnesota case involved Maria Inamagua Merchan, a department store worker who was detained in the Ramsey County jail and died in April 2006. For more than a month, her persistent headaches had been treated only with Tylenol; when she fell from a bunk bed, several hours passed before she was taken to the hospital, where physicians diagnosed neurocysticercosis, an infection of the brain by larvae of the pork tapeworm.

          "We cannot determine with certainty whether this death could have been avoided had the detainee received immediate medical attention for head trauma," the report said, after praising the authorities for promptly reporting the incident and for notifying the Consulate of Ecuador and the detainee's spouse.

          But it recommended better medical screening and education about the parasite, which is endemic in parts of Latin America.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/us/03detain.html

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          • #6
            AMERICAN IMMIGRATION (POSITION PAPER)
            LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

            Alternatives to Detention

            Rapid growth in the U.S. immigration detention system has resulted in the prolonged detention of thousands of individuals including vulnerable populations such as survivors of torture, families with small children and those with serious illnesses. To ensure that detention is used only when necessary, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) supports the creation of community-based alternatives ...

            http://bibdaily.com/pdfs/AILA%20alte...0detention.pdf

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            • #7
              Interactive detention map online

              Welcome to the world of immigration detention, where over 32,000 immigrants are detained on any given day. The map includes: Detention Centers, Community Organizations, ICE Offices and Immigration Courts. Detention Watch Network, July 2008.

              http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/dwnmap

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              • #8
                UC Davis Rules! LOL
                Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

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                • #9
                  Detained in Eldora...and across the United States

                  "During a June hearing on medical care for detainees in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Iowa Rep. Steve King commented sarcastically that it would provide "interesting insight" into the broader issue of ICE detention conditions to know, "If it's so horrible there, has anybody ever asked to leave because of the conditions that they're in?" The answer is yes. Individually and in collective, non-violent protests over many years now, ICE detainees have often asked to be deported from inhumane "detention centers" "” which is a euphemism for prisons and jails that incarcerate people in ICE custody." Mark Dow, July 2008.

                  http://www.dmcityview.com/guest.shtml


                  Haitian man dies in immigration detention in Fla.

                  "The death of a Haitian man while being detained by U.S. immigration authorities in Florida deserves an independent investigation, family members and community leaders said Tuesday. Valery Joseph, 23, died June 20 at the Glades County Jail in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His sudden death is cause for "a deep concern" about access to medical care in immigration detention, said Cheryl Little, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center." AP, July 8, 2008.

                  http://www.jacksonville.com/apnews/s...91PTDKG1.shtml

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                  • #10
                    Detention Center Facing Inquiry Will Get No More Immigrant Detainees

                    "Federal immigration officials said on Friday that they would place no more immigration detainees at a detention center in Rhode Island that is under investigation for its treatment of a Chinese computer engineer from New York who died in custody last summer, his body riddled with cancer and his spine broken." New York Times, Dec. 5, 2008.

                    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12...region/06detain.html


                    Vigil opposes renewing of Hutto center contract

                    "County commissioners are to vote in January on extending the contract with the center, a former medium-security state prison in Taylor that holds 385 people, including 92 children, who are awaiting immigration hearings." Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 8, 2008.

                    http://www.statesman.com/news/...12/08/1208hutto.html

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                    • #11
                      I really hope the Obama Administration will take note of this issue. There's no reason why any detainee should be allowed to die in detention.
                      "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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                      • #12
                        Shame on you for comparing the detention of those who commit crimes with the Gulag system of systematic repression and enslavement of a whole nation. Your support for those radicals proves that the left is only interested in destroying self government in the U.S. by flooding it with illegal aliens. No one has a right to come and live in the U.S. Shame on you.

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                        • #13
                          True, nobody has a right to come here but equally, once here, they do have a right to live and not be left for dead in detention!
                          "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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                          • #14
                            Hi federalE, it's UC Davies that made the analogy. Not me. Shame on who?

                            Hi IP, Solzhenitsyn titled it ????????? ????? in Russian that was translated as Gulag Archipelago in English. http://www.vialibri.net/item_p...-gulag-1918-1956.htm

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                            • #15
                              ... which always turns out to be the more reliable argument than all the right leaning homosexuals combined.

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