As the US immigration detention web rapidly expands, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) continues to document the existence of numerous problems within the system that harm and sometimes kill detainees.
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.
Please join PHR for an event, Accountability Today: Preventing Torture Tomorrow, on June 1, 2011 in recognition of Torture Awareness Month.
Over the weekend The New York Times published an editorial addressing public criticism for the paper's inconsistent use of the word "torture" to characterize the Bush Administration's interrogations techniques. Last week, PHR submitted a letter to the editor on this very topic.