Today we released a new report — No End in Sight — on why migrants give up on their U.S. immigration cases. #NoEndInSight…
Take Yuusuf. A teacher before fleeing Somalia, Yuusuf's passion for education put him in the crosshairs of al-Shabab. He fled, but never reached safety. He was held in US detention for 800 days. When it looked like there was #NoEndInSight, he gave up.
Take Mateo. He fled Central America after his wife’s ex-husband tried to kill him multiple times. After arriving in the US he suffered from almost constant pain, vertigo + memory loss. He knew he needed treatment, but all he got was ibuprofen. Mateo saw #NoEndInSight. He gave up.
Take Julio and Santiago, brothers who fled traffickers in 2016. Their circumstances were identical — but one remains in the US and the other was deported. #NoEndInSight
Many asylum seekers endure prolonged detention only to discover their case is essentially determined before a judge hears it. Which judge you are assigned changes the odds of receiving asylum by over 56 percentage points. The chances of receiving asylum are a matter of luck.
Detained immigrants like Yuusuf are held within a system of 205 jails & prisons across the country. Only 5 of these facilities are owned & operated by ICE. This profit motive creates incentives to cut corners.…
The current system is needlessly punitive, pushing detainees to give up on their cases rather than spend another day in detention. Congress must the the Detention Oversight Not Expansion and Dignity for Detained Immigrants acts. Sign our petition.…
These stories and others highlight a system that must be transformed. Through our Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative we are working to help those detained by providing pro bono counsel, and we need your help. Volunteer with us:…

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