Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and people of color, end detention, end mass incarceration, and demilitarize the border. It was not only Politicians that we needed to target, but also the For-Profit Prison Industry and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind mass incarceration, the police state, immigrant detention, and deportation. The Campaign has since become a national movement bringing together Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities to end mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. The movement is working to divest from criminalization and incarceration, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities!

Enlace builds alliances among organizations working on immigrant rights, criminal justice, another social justice groups to end mass incarceration and achieve legalization for all immigrants. For additional information visit Enlace’s webpage

Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention


The Prison Divestment Movement is part of a larger movement called #FreedomCities that is redefining what Safety and Freedom mean for our communities.


Princeton Committee issues report on Private Prison Divestment

Via Princeton University

The Princeton committee that advises the Board of Trustees on divestment issues has decided not to recommend that the University divest from private prison companies.

The Resources Committee, which began examining private prisons in spring 2016 after a student coalition raised the issue, issued its report (PDF) on the matter Friday, April 20.

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New lawsuit finds detained immigrants are forced to work for $1 a day

Via Think Progress | Esther Yu Hsi Lee

LUMPKIN, GA - MAY 4: Detainees at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga. are escorted through a corridor. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Detainees held at a privately-operated immigration detention center in Georgia are forced to work at the facility for pitiful pay and are threatened with serious harm if they refuse to “volunteer” to work, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday against the private prison operator CoreCivic.

According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of current and formerly detained immigrants, the CoreCivic-operated Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin solicits “volunteers,” or immigrants detainees, to “mop, sweep, and wax floors; scrub toilets and showers; wash dishes; do laundry, clean medical facilities; and cook and prepare food and beverages” for the nearly 2,000-detainee population. Detainees are then paid between $1 and $4 per day and occasionally slightly more for double shifts. The lawsuit states that immigrant detainees reportedly do not have a choice to refuse because the facility has a “policy of threatening detained immigrants until they comply.”

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It’s time to clean house at America’s worst bank.

Wells Fargo is at the center of America’s worst consumer abuses. They need to divest from harmful industries, stop predatory and discriminatory lending, and start putting people and planet first.

Instead, Wells Fargo rigged the economy and put their executives and shareholders first. Poor, working class, and black and brown communities have no choice but to call for this slate of People’s Demands for Change at Wells Fargo.


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Divest Dartmouth holds first divestment conference at the College

Via The Darthmouth | Lex Kang



Divest Dartmouth and the Inter-Community Council held their first divestment conference on April 7, which included workshops and a keynote speech by former Unity College President Stephen Mulkey, who helped lead the first college fossil fuel divestment in the nation.

Students from Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Princeton University, Smith College, Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont were in attendance, as well as around 50 people from the College, according to Divest Dartmouth member and event organizer Lily Zhang ’18.

The conference was comprised of several workshops that focused on the intersectionality of divestment and how to improve divestment campaigns. Divest Dartmouth member Catherine Rocchi ’19 emphasized the importance of addressing forms of divestment that also touch upon issues of social justice, rather than only looking at fossil fuel divestment.

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Vanderbilt needs to Divest from the Prison Industry

Via Vanderbilt Hustler | Max Schulman

In the 1980s and 1990s, tough-on-crime law enforcement caused the prison population to explode. Seizing the opportunity to bank in on imprisonment, the private prison industry emerged to house the incarcerated and make money doing it. And since the dawn of the industry, Vanderbilt University has been involved in its rise.

The roots run deep. The leading private prison enterprise, Corrections Corporation of America, was founded by Vandy Law alum Thomas W. Beasley (‘73). Vanderbilt did not distance itself from Mr. Beasley; in fact, the university became one of the primary shareholders in the CCA before the company became the first private prison company to go public in 1997. Additionally, Vanderbilt conducted a study, which was partially funded by the CCA, that sought to demonstrate the cost-reduction benefits of private prisons as opposed to government-run prisons. The CCA thought that the study was so good for their own PR that they put a summary of it on their website.

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When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves

We’re familiar with grim stories about black-shirted federal agents barging into apartment complexes, convenience stores and school pickup sites to round up and deport immigrants. We’ve heard far less about the forced labor — some call it slavery — inside detention facilities. But new legal challenges to these practices are succeeding and may stymie the government’s deportation agenda by taking profits out of the detention business.

Yes, detention is a business. In 2010, private prisons and their lenders and investors lobbied Congress to pass a law ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain contracts for no fewer than 34,000 beds per night. This means that when detention counts are low, people who would otherwise be released because they pose no danger or flight risk and are likely to win their cases in immigration court remain locked up, at a cost to the government of about $125 a day.

The people detained at these facilities do almost all of the work that keeps them running, outside of guard duty. That includes cooking, serving and cleaning up food, janitorial services, laundry, haircutting, painting, floor buffing and even vehicle maintenance. Most jobs pay $1 a day; some work they are required to do pays nothing.

Workers in immigration custody have suffered injuries and even died. In 2007, Cesar Gonzalez was killed in a facility in Los Angeles County when his jackhammer hit an electrical cable, sending 10,000 volts of direct current through his body. He was on a crew digging holes for posts to extend the camp’s perimeter.

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Private prison corporation’s executive pay nearly doubled during first year of Trump administration

Via Medium | Donald Cohen

Last fall, Chief Executive Officer George Zoley of the publicly traded private prison corporation GEO Group told shareholders he was “very pleased” with recent financial results after the company “experienced improved occupancy rates across a number of our ICE [immigration detention] facilities” — and now we know why.

In an early March filing to those shareholders, GEO Group divulged that total compensation last year for its top corporate executives nearly doubled, jumping from $10.9 million to $20.3 million. Zoley really made out. Stock awards, which the corporation gives out when it profits more than it expected, boosted his compensation from $5.1 million to $9.6 million.

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