Thursday, May 29, 2008

Amnesty International Investigating Detentions

An important announcement from Amnesty International:

  Amnesty International USA is currently conducting research in the United States for a report that will investigate and document the increased use and consequences of immigration detention.

            We will be focusing on bond issues and detention in county jails, and more generally looking at conditions for detainees. I am part of the research team. Our research team will be in the Bay Area from June 2 to June 6 to visit detainees, advocates and government agencies.

            We would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with pro bono counsel working with detained migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers.

            If you can help, please let me know when we can meet with you between June 2 and June 6. Additionally we will hold an information-exchange session at Lawyers\' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco on Monday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. We hope to see you there or arrange to talk to you individually.

            Amnesty International wil launch a national campaign to end arbitrary detention with the release of our report in February 2009. It will include grassroots organizing and national advocacy. We may also take up individual cases if the detention has been prolonged (more than one year) or abusive.

Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you!


Sarnata Reynolds, Refugee Program Director                 Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. , 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003
Direct phone: 202-675-8765 General: 202-544-0200, ext. 239 FAX 202-546-7142


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