Thematic Focus: Detention – Pt. 1

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Children in detention, general:

“The Global Compacts and the Dilemma of Children in Immigration Detention,” International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 30 Jan. 2019 [free full-text]

Keeping Children Safe: Ensuring Unaccompanied Minors Avoid the Harms of Immigration Detention (International Detention Coalition, Oct. 2018) [text]

United States:


“Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held at Nearly Full Shelters,” NPR, 13 Dec. 2018 [text]

As One ‘Tent City’ for Immigrant Children Closes in Texas, Another Opens in Florida (Immigration Impact Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown (Immigration Impact Blog, Jan. 2019; updated Feb. 2019) [text]

Immigrant Detention of Families and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Paper presented at the 11th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences, Rockville, MD, 19-20 Nov. 2018 [text]

“Impact of Punitive Immigration Policies, Parent-child Separation and Child Detention on the Mental Health and Development of Children,” BMJ Paediatrics Open, vol. 2, no. 1 (Sept. 2018) [open access]

“Inhumane Conditions in Border Detention Centers Violate U.S. Flores Settlement Agreement and Endanger Children,” Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Forum, 29 Jan. 2019 [text]

“Lawsuits Allege ‘Grave Harm’ to Immigrant Children in Detention,” NPR, 24 Jan. 2019 [text]

Prisons and Punishment: Immigration Detention in California (Human Rights First, Jan. 2019) [text]

US: Suit Filed Over Immigration FOIA Request – Data Denial Hides World of Detention, Deportation (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2019) [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]


Otay Mesa Detention Center Detainee Letters (San Diego State Univ.) [access]
– This letter collection “documents the hidden stories of hundreds of refugees from human rights hot spots around the world–including Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil, Cameroon, Eritrea and China. Each of them has sought asylum in the United States and has been held at the San Diego, California Otay Mesa Detention Center operated by a private corrections company, CoreCivic. These letters provide insight into the lives of asylum seekers and migrants both before and during detention. Identifying information has been redacted to protect the privacy and safety of the writers. Letters date from July 2018 to present.” See also related SDSU news story and NYT article.

Related post:
– Thematic Focus: Detention (14 Dec. 2018)

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