Friday, June 10, 2022

New ACLU Report on Barriers to Legal Representation in ICE Detention

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released an important new report available here titled No Fighting Chance: ICE’s Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers.

The report was authored by Aditi Shah, Borchard Fellow, and Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Senior Staff Attorney, of the ACLU National Prison Project.

The report is not to be missed! The authors examined conditions at 173 detention facilities around the country, and found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities have systematically restricted basic modes of communication between attorneys and detained immigrants, deterring attorneys from providing representation to detained people, who are often held in detention facilities in geographically isolated locations.

In the ACLU's press release, author Aditi Shah is quoted saying: "Not only are these barriers to legal representation unconstitutional – they also increase the likelihood that people will be unlawfully held in prolonged detention or deported. In that regard, access to counsel can literally be a matter of life or death for people, either by virtue of being held in dangerous conditions for extensive periods or returned to the violence they fled."


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