Health in Immigration Detention

Health Justice, Health in Immigration Detention, Immigrant Justice

A mural panel in purple of a doctor checking in with an immigrant patient looking hopeful in front of a background of a chain fence. Text reads: Visions for a Just NYC. October 2021. 87 River Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11249.

PROBLEM:

Immigration detention is a public health hazard. Denials of vital treatment. Delayed surgeries. Missed life-threatening diagnoses. Surgical errors. For too long, thousands of immigrant New Yorkers have been needlessly detained and received abysmal health care in immigrant detention facilities in NYC area.

VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE:

  • The release of all people from immigration detention facilities and jails.
  • Holding immigration jails and prisons accountable for inadequate medical care.
  • Providing medical record reviews and in-person consultations in detention from qualified doctors.
  • Updating Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) standards for contracted facilities.
  • Moving toward community-based alternatives for detention.

ACTION:

  • Take Action today and help us hold jails and prisons accountable for abysmal health care for immigrants in detention.

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More about Health in Immigration Detention

Thousands of immigrant New Yorkers receive abysmal health care in immigrant detention facilities in and around the City. Through NYLPI’s 2017 Detained and Denied report and ongoing investigation, we have documented this growing human rights crisis – denials of vital treatment, delayed surgeries, missed life-threatening diagnoses, and horrendous surgical errors. Conditions will only worsen with recent spikes in immigration enforcement. We represent individual clients to improve healthcare in the facilities; secure volunteer physicians to provide medical reviews and consultations; and document patterns of deplorable conditions. Our cutting-edge constitutional and civil rights litigation against detention facilities challenges the failure to provide adequate medical care. Our growing network of volunteer medical providers reviews medical records from immigration detention centers and drafts advocacy letters for release, bond, and better medical care through our Medical-Legal Community Partnership. Our individual cases inform our systemic strategies, in partnership with community-based organizations and those people who are directly affected.

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