The majority of immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security are not permitted to challenge the legality of their detention.
The daughter of Pedro Tavarez, a 49-year-old immigrant detainee who died while in custody of the Suffolk County House of Correction, filed a federal lawsuit against officials for their role in his death.
As the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees approaches, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has affirmed its commitment to better address protection gaps created by modern forms of forced displacement.
Advocates cheered in 1996 when a landmark case, In re Kasinga, recognized that female genital mutilation (FGM) could be a basis for asylum. Ms. Kasinga was granted protection based on her membership in the social group of young women in her tribe who oppose FGM and have not yet been subjected to it.
One day after releasing our report on how a health professional’s dual loyalty can negatively impact the provision of health care in immigration detention, we secured a meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss our findings and recommendations.