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Quotes: DECARCERATE Before COVID-19 Takes Over Our Jails, Prisons, and Immigration Detention Centers

Doctors, judges, and other experts are urging a dramatic reduction in our nation’s incarcerated population in order to prevent a massive outbreak of COVID-19 in U.S. jails and prisons. Some counties have begun to take the initiative, but in the name of public health, the response needs to be scaled up dramatically and include federal […]

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Ohioans Call on State and Local Agencies to Release Incarcerated People in Name of Public Health

On March 24, we sent a community letter signed by 14 statewide organizations, 44 local groups, and 336 individuals to the Governor of Ohio and key health agencies and sheriffs departments. The letter lays out the following steps that federal, state and local agencies need to take, “to ensure the health and safety of all […]

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Press Call 3/24: Immigration Platform for COVID-19 Response

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of doctors have warned that jails and immigration detention centers would become a “tinderbox” of disease if COVID-19 is allowed to enter. In the name of public health, they are urging federal, state, and local officials to dramatically reduce the number of incarcerated people ASAP. In Ohio, hundreds of immigrants are […]

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Infectious Disease Expert Calls on ICE to Release Immigration Detainees for COVID-19

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) has shared this expert letter from Dr. Carlos Franco-Paredes, Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Dr. Franco-Paredes is an internationally-recognized expert in infectious diseases, with decades of research, scholarship, experience, and accolades under his belt. Read his c.v. and his full expert letter to ICE […]

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“Simply Stunning” and “Medically Dangerous” to Keep Ohio Immigrants in Jail During COVID-19

State Should Not Let Feds Dictate Public Health Priorities Cleveland, OH – In the battle against COVID-19, more and more courts in Ohio are declining to incarcerate people, or are releasing them from jails, in the name of public health. Thousands of doctors and medical professionals have warned that dramatically reducing the jail population is […]

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Doctors Call for Immigrants’ Release from Detention During COVID-19

Cleveland, OH – In a letter to Governor Mike DeWine, Physicians for Human Rights, Human Rights First, and Amnesty International USA call for the release of Ohio immigrants and asylum seekers under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, in the interest of public health. The release of these individuals from detention is both necessary and […]

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Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio Jails, Prisons, and Courts

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ohio Immigrant Alliance and allies are circulating a list of policies needed to protect immigrants and other people currently incarcerated from this deadly disease. We are accepting organizational and individual endorsements here. Read the full text below. Scroll to the end for shareable graphics. Keep COVID-19 Out of Ohio […]

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Man Dies in Ohio ICE Custody

David Hernandez Colula, a 34 year-old man detained in the Youngstown, Ohio immigration jail, has died. Preliminary reports indicate that his death may have due to suicide. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote that an outside group had recommended that this facility install better suicide prevention programs just last year. Read ICE’s press release here: NEOCC2-21

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OHIA Applauds Sen. Brown’s Action on Miller, Rep. Garcia’s New Way Forward Act

Ohio Immigrant Alliance Applauds Sen. Brown’s Bold Action on Stephen Miller, Rep. Garcia’s New Way Forward Act Cleveland, OH – “I applaud Senator Sherrod Brown for calling for the removal of White House aide Stephen Miller,” said Lynn Tramonte, Director of the Ohio Immigrant Alliance. “This nation has a lot of reckoning to do, if […]

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UPDATED: Media Coverage on Mauritanian Deportations 

UPDATED: December 2019 Columbus Dispatch: Local Mauritanians still fighting for safety, ‘justice’ By Danae King November 29, 2019 Middle East Eye: Crossing the river: Black Mauritanians haunted by mass expulsion to Senegal By Amandla Thomas-Johnson November 27, 2019 WVXU: Mauritanian Refugees on War, Genocide and Exile By Michael Monks November 25, 2019 Global Comment: A […]