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Detention Isolation Report FINAL FULL 2010 09 14-2

Detention Isolation Report FINAL FULL 2010 09 14-2

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ISOLATED
www.immigrantjustice.org
IN DETENTION
September 2010
Limited Access to Legal Counsel
in Immigration Detention Facilities
Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court
 
About Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center 
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a Chicago-based nongovernmental organiza-tion dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylumseekers. NIJC provides legal services to more than 10,000 immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers every year,including “Know Your Rights” legal orientation presentations and direct representation for hundreds of individu-als in the custody of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. NIJC’s Detention, Democracy & Due ProcessProject incorporates this direct service experience to advocate for reform of the immigration enforcement and de-tention system through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education.
NIJC Report Contributors
Dusty Araujo, Asylum Documentation Project Coordinator Eric Berndt, Supervising AttorneyMary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director Hannah Rapp, Litigation Coordinator Chuck Roth, Director of LitigationTara Tidwell Cullen, Associate Director of CommunicationsClaudia Valenzuela, Associate Director of Litigation
Acknowledgments
 NIJC is grateful to the individuals and organizations who participated in this survey, with special thanks to thosewho provided information and anecdotes on the record about their efforts to provide legal services to immi-grants in detention: Tricia Freshwater, Catholic Charities of Dallas; Laura Lunn, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights; David Walding, Bernardo Kohler Center; and Gary Walters, Justice for Our Neighbors of Iowa.A version of this report which includes detailed interactive maps and a link to raw datais available at www.immigrantjustice.org/isolatedindetention.
Cover Photo: Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois. Photo by NIJC 
Isolated in Detention -Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center 1
 
Executive Summary ...............................................................................................4Recommendations ..................................................................................................6Methodology ...........................................................................................................7Detailed Survey Findings
1. Geographic Isolation of Detention Facilities isa Substantial Barrier to Access to Counsel 
.........................................................8
2. The Majority of the Detention Population arein Facilities Without a Legal Orientation Programor “Know Your Rights” Presentations
...................................................................8
3. The Growing Detention Population Surpasses Legal Aid Resources Available to Represent Detainees
...................................................9
4. Inadequate Phone Access Further IsolatesDetainees From Access to Counsel 
.....................................................................9Endnotes .................................................................................................................10 Appendices .............................................................................................................12
2Isolated in Detention -Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center 
ISOLATED
Limited Access to Legal Counsel
in Immigration Detention Facilities
Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court
IN DETENTION

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