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Tramonte to US Commission on Civil Rights Re: Morrow County Jail-ICE Detention Failures

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ Ohio Advisory Council is seeking information about how federally-protected groups have been treated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tramonte of the Ohio Immigrant Alliance informed the Council about the deadly conditions at the Morrow County Correctional Facility, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contract jail which houses immigrants detained under […]


Freedom For Immigrants Files Complaint on Conditions at Morrow County Jail

In February 2020, Freedom For Immigrants (FFI) filed a complaint with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office; Detroit Field Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (CRCL) detailing fifteen serious violations of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) 2019 National Detention Standards (NDS) […]

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QUOTES: “Don’t let us die in here” – Inmates Speak Out on COVID-19

Read on for quotes from Americans and immigrants living in jails during the COVID-19 crisis. A common theme is feeling that they are being left to die. Doctors and family members have also called for their release. #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth Download the document here: In Their Own Words_April 2020 In Their Own Words Incarcerated People Talk About […]


Hundreds of Ohioans + Over 60 Organizations Call on the State and Counties to Release Detainees

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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Ohio Immigrants Win 2 Court Cases Against BMV!

Cincinnati and Columbus, OH – Ohio immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and allies are celebrating two critical victories in court today. At 3pm, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), and the primary youth plaintiff in one of the cases will discuss the ruling in INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, […]

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Court Rules in Favor of Children of Immigrants in BMV Case

In INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES, U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. ruled that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) cannot deny driver’s licenses and Ohio identification cards to otherwise eligible U.S. citizens and documented children of foreign-born parents because of the parents’ immigration […]