Category Archives: Immigration Detainees

Man seeks damages over detention treatment (ABC News)

Man seeks damages over detention treatment
Loukas Founten, ABC News
November 30, 2012

An Iranian man is seeking damages from the Federal Government, claiming he was mistreated during his nearly five years in immigration detention. Continue reading


Private Prison for Asylum Seekers on Pacific Island (CorpWatch)

Private Prison for Asylum Seekers on Pacific Island
By Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch
September 17, 2012

A logistics company that provides services to the mining and oil industry among others, has won a A$24.5 million (US$25.9 million) contract from the government of Australia to run a detention center for asylum seekers in the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Continue reading

The Reality of Life Inside Immigration Detention (ACLU)

The Reality of Life Inside Immigration Detention
By Azadeh Shahshahani, ACLU
November 20, 2012

In the last 15 years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic expansion in the jailing of immigrants, from about 70,000 people detained annually to about 400,000.  In the mid-1990’s, during the height of an anti-immigrant backlash, Congress passed a series of harsh measures that led to a vast increase in unnecessary detention. This trend has been exacerbated by the private prison industry and county jails looking to exploit immigrant detention for profit.  Continue reading

Christmas Island refugees: ‘It’s a very bad place’ (Times Colonist)

Christmas Island Refugees: ‘It’s a very bad place’
Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
November 18, 2012

Christmas Island is a tiny speck on a map of the Indian Ocean. It’s a remote Australian territory, just 360 kilometres south of Jakarta and 2,600 kilometres northwest of Perth in Western Australia. But this tiny speck is the epicentre of Australia’s controversial mandatory-detention policy. Continue reading

10 Immigration Detention Centers Called Worst in U.S. (ABC)

By Ted Hesson, ABC News
Nov. 16, 2012A series of reports released on Thursday call for the closure of 10 jails and prisons holding immigrants across the country, charging substandard medical care, lack of due process and geographic remoteness of facilities, which make it hard for detainees to reach family and lawyers. Continue reading