Resources on ICE Detention During COVID-19

Recently, American Immigration Council and AILA, through their joint initiative, the Immigration Justice Campaign, filed an oversight complaint with DHS’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Office of the Inspector General highlighting the experiences of individuals detained by ICE amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 17 first-hand accounts demonstrate a systematic failure by ICE to take meaningful measures to protect the thousands of individuals currently in its custody, including failure to provide hygiene supplies, personal protective equipment, and access to critical medical care. Some of the cases show that ICE continues to transfer individuals – some of them who tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the transfer – across the country between ICE detention facilities, increasing the risk of further spread. Currently, half of those tested in ICE custody for COVID-19 are confirmed positive cases.

For more information, check out the following resources on ICE detention during COVID-19:

  • Free Recording of a Webinar on October 28, 2020: Navigating Detention Conditions

    Discussion Topics
    • What Steps to Take When Your Client Calls and Says They Are Sick
    • Obtaining Medical Records
    • Fighting for Release of a Client
    • Identifying Opportunities for Custody Redeterminations by ICE
    • How to Properly Document Abuses
    • Using the Media/ Congressional Inquiry
  • Recording of Webinar on June 12: Seeking Release for Detained Clients: COVID-19 Responses and Beyond
    • Member Price: $29
    • Our expert panelists will discuss immigration court and ICE strategies for seeking release of your clients under humanitarian parole, the Fraihat order, and other mechanisms. They also will discuss the remedy of habeas corpus and how to prepare a COVID-19 habeas case in the most effective manner.
    • Featured Topics
      • Matter of Sugay and Changed Circumstances Arguments for a New Bond Hearing
      • The Fraihat Class Action Order and What It Means for Detainees
      • Utilizing Humanitarian Parole Through ICE
      • Preparing a COVID-19-Related Habeas Corpus for Federal Court
  • Free Recording: Habeas in the Age of COVID-19 – May 14, 2020
    • This AILA/IJC Roundtable was hosted by the Justice Campaign. Our panel of experts discussed habeas law and procedures generally, as well as issues and arguments relating specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Discussion Leaders:
      • Gregory Copeland, New York, NY
      • Sarah Gillman, New York, NY
      • Bashir Ghazialam, San Diego, CA

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  • Free Recording: Parole from Immigration Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • CLE Eligible
    • ICE continues to hold tens of thousands of non-citizens in immigration prisons across the country -- in crowded conditions with no protection from COVID-19. Join the Immigration Justice Campaign for a webinar on how attorneys can help immigrants request release from detention via "parole." Parole representation can be done fully remotely, and having an attorney can make a huge difference in whether or not a detainee will be released. The webinar is aimed at attorneys who are new to immigration work and to parole requests.

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 22072631.