Tag Archives: detention

The EU-Turkey Deal and its Nightmarish Face

By Minem Marouf Dear Friends, this is a call for help. I have been on Lesvos with #HumanityCrew leading a wonderful team of Palestinian volunteers providing psychosocial support among other assistance to refugees arriving to the island by what could only be called ‘the death trip’ from the shores of Turkey. As it is, there […]

Judge’s Order Spells End to U.S. Family Detention Program

Last month, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to release “without unnecessary delay” the mothers and children that it began detaining en masse last summer; it remains to be seen whether the government will fully comply with the judge’s order by the court-imposed deadline of October 23. Immigration attorneys and advocates have long condemned […]

Jade Cages: Visiting Angel Island

I’m standing in the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island, one of our nation’s first immigration detention centers. Growing up on the east coast of the United States, I hadn’t even heard of Angel Island until I decided to write my undergraduate history thesis on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. In a way, the […]

“Let them slash their wrists”: Abuse and Detention in the UK Asylum System

By Alex Johnson “They are all slashing their wrists apparently. Let them slash their wrists.” These are the words of a guard at Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre captured by an undercover film broadcast in March. Staff at the facility were recorded referring to detainees as “animals” and “bitches” while encouraging violence and racism. Following […]

Blood amid the strawberries: Greece’s migrants and the struggle for dignity

By Alex Johnson According to Greek mythology as the beautiful but mortal Adonis bled to death in the arms of Aphrodite, the Goddess wept tears of small red hearts, or strawberries. If you’ve ever tasted a Greek strawberry, it most likely came from the fruit fields of Manolada. The vast rural plain in the western […]

Volunteer Attorneys Make a Difference in Immigrant Family Detention Centers

In response to the record numbers of Central American women and children apprehended at the southern U.S. border this year, the Obama administration has rapidly increased its use of family detention for the first time in many years, leading critics to denounce both the conditions in which these families are being held and the legal […]

U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Recognizes Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum in Landmark Decision

Last month, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark precedent decision in a Guatemalan woman’s asylum case.  In Matter of A-R-C-G- et al., the BIA held for the first time that survivors of domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the United States based on the harm they have suffered.  While the decision […]

What about the individual? Arguing for a more human approach to migration reporting

This week the UK government committed £12 million to a joint intervention fund intended to support France in policing the UK border at Calais. As the closest port to the UK, Calais has been a transit point for migrants hoping to get to the UK from the Middle East, Asia and Africa for much of […]

Many Families Spending the Holidays Separated because of Broken U.S. Immigration System

As millions of families gather together this Christmas, millions more remain separated as a result of the United States’ broken and byzantine immigration system. Outdated visa quotas, lengthy processing backlogs and wait times—often stretching for years or decades—for visa and permanent residency applications are part of the problem. Meanwhile, a costly enforcement bureaucracy that increasingly […]

The Rapid Rise of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Each year, thousands of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) risk harrowing journeys and travel alone to seek refuge in the United States. These children come from all over the world for many reasons, including to escape persecution in their home countries, to reunify with family members and to look for a better life. In recent years, […]