BRIEFING – Tuesday, June 2, 8:45 a.m.
CONTACT: Brenda Bowser Soder
Since 2003, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has spent more than $300 million to detain more than 48,000 asylum seekers in U.S. prisons and prison-like facilities, according to a new HRF report, U.S. Detention of Asylum Seekers: Seeking Protection, Finding Prison. According to the organization, the detention of asylum seekers in penal conditions and without basic safeguards is inconsistent with
Tuesday’s briefing will include a detailed description of these facilities from a former detainee and HRF staff who have visited detention prisons in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, and Texas. The briefing will also feature a discussion of key recommendations for improving the treatment and detention of asylum seekers.
Mark Hetfield, Sr. VP for Policy and Programs at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society,
who, in his former capacity at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom directed the Commission’s 2005 study on detention of asylum seekers
Dr. Allen Keller, Director of the
Jean-Pierre Saselluno, a Guinean human rights advocate who was detained at the
WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.; Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: Human Rights
RSVP: Press are encouraged to attend; please reserve your space by contacting Brenda Bowser
Soder at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 202-370-3323.
Read the full HRF report: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/pdf/090429-RP-hrf-asylum-detention-report.pdf.
Read the executive summary: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/pdf/090429-RP-hrf-asylum-detention-sum-doc.pdf.
Read the Department of Homeland Security’s letter to Human Rights First in response to a draft of this report: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/pdf/090430-RP-sign-rep-schriro-sovcik-hrw.pdf.
Brenda Bowser Soder
Media Relations Director
Tel: (202) 370-3323
Fax: (202) 543-5999