Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NJAID Press Conference on Mandatory Detention & Essex County's IGSA w/IC...

Chia-Chia Wang of the American Friends Service Committee commences the conference.

Human Rights Advocates Denounce Expansion of Flawed Immigration Detention System in Essex: Calling for Community Oversight, Government Accountability, a Rollback of New Contract with ICE and an End to Mandatory Detention

Newark, NJ -- New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees* (NJAID) held a press conference calling for a rollback of the newly signed contract between Essex County and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and added government accountability for the immigrant detention system in Essex County. The press conference comes at the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, a law that dramatically expanded the use of mandatory detention for immigrants and led to massive deportations, tearing families and communities apart. ...

You can read the rest of the release here:

*The NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees is a coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union- New Jersey; American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Immigrant Rights Program; Casa de Esperanza; Casa Freehold; the Episcopal Immigration Network; IRATE & First Friends; Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in NJ; NJ Association on Correction; NJ Forum for Human Rights; Pax Christi NJ; Middlesex County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; Monmouth County Coalition for Immigrant Rights; People's Organization for Progress, Bergen County Branch; the Reformed Church of Highland Park; Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair


You can still show your support by signing the petition to the Essex County Freeholders &/or attending the October 9th Rally & March from Peter Francisco Park/Newark Penn Station to ECCF & back!

Sign the petition at , forward the petition to your friends and family, attend an upcoming Essex County Freeholder meeting in person and ask them to explain their vote , & attend the protest rally and march on in Newark October 9th Redefining Cruel & Unusual Indefinite Immigration Detention for-Profit Amid Toxic Waste in Essex County beginning at 1:30 pm at Peter Francisco Park Newark, NJ (right outside Newark Penn Station) Marching to and from: Essex County Correctional Facility & Delaney Hall 356 Doremus Ave, Newark, NJ

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