Category Archives: Abuse documentation

The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

The financial firm that cornered the market on jails

Arun Gupta, The Nation, August 1, 2016

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Numi’s highest profits may come from jailed migrants. As Paul Wright, executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center, points out, “Large numbers of [jailed] people are deported to countries where they aren’t able to use the inmate debit cards.” The balance on these uncashed cards would be absorbed by Numi and the issuing bank through maintenance fees. Continue reading The Nation: “The financial firm that cornered the market on jails”

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Why do people disappear in the desert?

In June 2015, No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) received $10,000 from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to write three reports that document how border-enforcement policies and practices cause people to disappear while crossing the US–Mexico border. The first of these reports, to be released in early summer, focuses on two Border Patrol practices: destroying lifesaving humanitarian aid and intentionally scattering groups of migrants during apprehension. Continue reading Why do people disappear in the desert?

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Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

Booted across the border with bogus checks

Marlen Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2015

The first step for immigrants deported from the U.S. to Reynosa, Mexico, is to check in with Mexican authorities at the Tamaulipeco Institute for Migrants at the end of their walk on the International Bridge. Continue reading Chicago Sun-Times: “Booted across the border with bogus checks”

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How the deportation shakedown works (video)

Would you believe that mass deportation robs migrants and immigrants of millions of dollars a year and puts their lives at risk? We collaborated with the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program (Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional) on this video that shows how.

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Our  contribution to this video is based on the work we did to prepare our report Shakedown: How Deportation Robs Immigrants of Their Money and Belongings.

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Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”

The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns

John Washington, Al Jazeera, January 14, 2015

On Jan. 31, the U.S. Border Patrol detained a migrant named Alejandro in the Arizona desert and stripped him of his belongings: $226.24 in cash, his cellphone, his ID and his only change of clothes. After 60 days in jail, he was put on a bus headed across the border. It was 3 a.m. Continue reading Al Jazeera: “The institutional cruelty of migrant shakedowns”

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USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs

USA Today, Bob Ortega, December 10, 2014

PHOENIX — US authorities often needlessly endanger deportees by sending them back across the border into Mexico without returning their money, IDs, cell phones, medicine and other belongings, a human-rights groups charges in a report released Wednesday. Continue reading USA Today: “Report: US often keeping deportees’ money, IDs”

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