Free people from ICE detention
No one should be locked up just for seeking safety
As the world continues to cope from the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants and asylum-seekers locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been left behind to face these turbulent times alone, in detention facilities with inadequate medical care and crowded, tinderbox-like conditions. These detained individuals and families are in extreme danger, with rapid spread already occurring.
Urge Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence to free people—including all families together—from ICE detention and protect them from COVID-19.
# free pastor steven
Pastor Steven is a human rights activist seeking asylum in the U.S. after Ugandan government forces amputated two of his fingers and murdered his family members. His health has rapidly deteriorated under ICE’s watch as they keep him detained in Texas. Now, they’re trying to deport him back to danger, where he’ll likely be killed.
ICE must #FreePastorSteven and halt his deportation now!
# free the families
Families like Ana and Victoria who are simply seeking safety from violence and persecution are locked up by ICE in Pennsylvania and Texas, where COVID-19 runs rampant. A federal judge said these detention facilities are “on fire” and ordered the release of all children. ICE now has a choice: family unity or family separation.
All families must be immediately released together!
in your own backyard
Public health experts predict that unless ICE drastically reduces the numbers of detained people in its care, anywhere from 72% to nearly 100% of individuals held in many ICE facilities could contract COVID-19 within three months, endangering those held and working in ICE detention and overwhelming hospital capacity.
Call on governors to urge ICE to free immigrants and asylum-seekers in their state!
Amplify the pressure through social media
Why We Need Action #RightsNow!
Immigrants and asylum-seekers face grave harm including illness and death if exposed to COVID-19 in immigration detention facilities, where conditions are well-documented to have substandard medical care, inadequate basic hygiene, and overcrowding. Thousands of people have already tested positive in ICE detention. Many face dangerous and life-threatening complications if they contract COVID-19 because of their age or serious medical needs.
The U.S. government is responsible for the health and safety of people in its custody. It must take all steps to protect them from COVID-19 and immediately release all individuals and families together. Many immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention have long-standing family, faith, and other communities in the U.S. who could safely house them if they were released.
your activism matters
Thanks to our fearless partners at TransLatin@ Coalition, her tenacious attorneys at National Immigrant Justice Center, and Amnesty International’s global movement, Kelly is free! After persevering through nearly three years in detention, where she faced heightened risks due to inadequate measures taken by authorities to protect her and others from COVID-19, she has finally been released and can now be with her vast community or friends and supporters who’ve been waiting to welcome her. To everyone who has supported her and fought for her freedom, she said: