NYLPI’s Medical Providers Network Calls on NYS Legislators to Support Release From Immigration Detention

February 9, 2022

Coronavirus, Health Justice, Health in Immigration Detention, Immigrant Justice, News, UndocuCare

Statue of liberty against gray clouds.

Orange County Correctional Facility has failed to protect the health of immigrants detained at the facility and prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the population. According to reports, “at least 50 people are reportedly symptomatic in one unit, and jail officials have repeatedly failed to provide access to vaccination and take appropriate quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the virus.” These reports are consistent with a nationwide crisis that is happening in immigrant detention centers across the country. 

Since the pandemic began, NYLPI and its volunteer Medical Providers Network (MPN) have advocated for the release of people in immigration detention. We have documented the denials of medical care in immigration detention facilities and jails, and the spread of COVID-19 has made the situation more urgent. Earlier this month, Dr. Kate Sugarman, MPN member and Steering Committee member, shared critical information with NYS and NYC legislators about the current COVID-19 outbreak and health crisis at Orange County Jail and advocated for people to be released. 

To read more on Dr. Sugarman and her work with the network, we invite you to read our Summer 2020 Medical Providers Newsletter

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