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Human Rights Violations in NW Detention Center

From One America:

The findings of Voices from Detention: A Report on Human Rights Violations at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) confirm human rights abuses are taking place at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility on the tide flats of Tacoma. This report (read the Executive Summary here) is one of the first of its kind to measure conditions at a detention center with international human rights legal standards and U.S. Constitutional protections. It is a collaboration between OneAmerica, a nonprofit organization advancing immigrant, civil and human rights in Seattle and the Seattle University School of Law International Human Rights Clinic. You can download the study here.

“As Americans concerned with upholding our Constitution and ensuring justice, we should remember that America is degraded when our government fails to uphold those very rights that make this country great,” said Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone). “When some people’s rights are abused, all our rights can be abused.” You can read all press conference remarks here.
We measured the conditions at the NWDC against the requirements of international law and domestic Constitutional law,” said Gwynne Skinner, an international human rights expert who oversaw the Seattle University/OneAmerica study. “Conditions at the detention center violate obligations under international law, including customary international law and the refugee convention. The center’s holding of asylees in detention violates U.S.’s obligations under the Refugee condition and constitute Cruel, Inhuman and degrading treatment.”

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