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Report: Solitary confinement in NJ immigration detention centers overused

Newark, NJ [July 1st, 2015] - An investigation of the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s immigration detention centers finds an unnecessarily harsh and unfair system that violates state and international standards. The report “23 Hours in the Box, Solitary Confinement in New Jersey Immigration Detention” is released by New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees*, a coalition of community-based groups that support immigration and detention reform, and NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.  

Paulette's path to citizenship

As I enter Paulette’s apartment, she introduces me to her Garden of Eden. Paulette is fascinated by floral design—she embellishes her residence in an arrangement of real and artificial flowers. Paulette’s apartment showcases her bright disposition and I instantly feel welcomed into her home. She hands me a can of Orange Fanta as I sit on the couch next to her piano. Paulette always had an affinity for playing music from what she tells me. I do not know what to expect from this interview, all I know is that I am instantly intrigued by her personality.

Called by God: an interview with Migwe Kimemia

This is an interview by volunteer writer Kadija Diallo of Migwe Kimemia, director of AFSC's Peace and Trade Justice program in Dayton, Ohio. Migwe discusses the development of the program and the spiritual basis for his work. - Lucy

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Family immigrant detention centers: The new internment camps

Staff members of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark joined advocates from across the nation in a protest against the family detention policies of the US government on May 1 in Dilley, Texas.  The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit company, runs the largest immigrant family detention center in the United States in Dilley that will detain up to 2400 mothers and children.

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South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

South Texas Family Residential Center

Collective power for migrant justice: An interview with AFSC Intern Saul Aleman

Note: Lucy Duncan came back from visiting Quaker meetings in South Florida with Saul Aleman really excited about his energy for the migrant rights movement, for using nonviolence as a tool for change, and for telling stories and bringing forward migrant voices to change the narrative around immigrants in this country.

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#BlackLivesMatter: From Baltimore to Jerusalem

Note: Sahar Vardi serves as Coordinator of AFSC's Israel program working with refusers to military service and against militarism within Israel. She attended a recent protest focused on recent killings and abuse of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. This is her reflection on it and its connection to the movement against police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, in the United States. - Lucy

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Thoughts on Black/Brown unity: A poem

Note: Ericson Amaya and Pablo Paredes of AFSC's 67 Sueños Program wrote this poem on the occasion of the unveiling of the Black/Brown Unity Mural in Oakland, Califormia. Recently they read it at the AFSC Corporation meeting. The video of that reading is below.

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Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

Black Brown Unity Mural, Oakland, detail

Black Brown Unity Mural, detail, in Oakland

[Updated] Oscar's story: Help stop a deportation

UPDATE: Oscar was deported by Immigration & Customs Enforcement back to El Salvador

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has written letters to help keep Oscar in the United States. Thank you for raising your voices for justice.  Unfortunately, we learned today that Oscar was deported back to El Salvador. Here is a statement from his immigration lawyers:

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US Border Fence

US Border Fence

US Border Fence

Sample letter to stop the deportation of Oscar

Please write a letter of support to stop the deportation of Oscar.

We need the letters no later than 4/17/15 (next Friday). They can be dropped off at the McKinney Immigration Law office, (910 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401) or can be emailed to Briana at briana@mckinneyimmigration.com. You can also email your letter to me (LKhamala@afsc.org) and I will get it to his attorney, if that is easier for you. Please sign your letter and scan it before emailing.

Marie's citizenship success in Florida

Marie’s skinny body is exaggerated from her oversized dress, but her personality is anything but frail.

While she speaks, her voice fluctuates wildly in its tone; and while she talks, her face is brightly animated. Marie has much to say, but she does not have much time.

Like Yvette, she meets with me during her short break from work at the Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale. As I listen to her story, the rain pours down from the sky in buckets, and makes thunderous little claps on the roof above us.

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