Stop the Deaths, End Detention
Since 2003, 176 people have died in immigrant detention, including 12 deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody this past year. From October 28 to November 4, DWN members and allies will mark the Latin American Holiday, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, with our second national week of action.
The Day of the Dead National Week of Action aims to honor the lives of those who have died in immigrant detention, as recent investigations have found that inadequate medical care has contributed to numerous deaths in detention. This year, 15 cities will take part in the week of action through vigils, artistic expressions and mobilizations. Together, we will highlight the untimely deaths of 22 people who have died in immigrant detention since Oct 1, 2015, while amplifying the voices and leadership of those who have been directly impacted by the immigration detention system.
Our national demand is an immediate review of the 22 deaths that occurred in ICE custody in fiscal years ‘16 and ‘17, and publication of these reviews by December 1, 2017.
This includes the case of Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga, who died in ICE custody in May of this year. Currently, his family has yet to receive full reports and autopsies regarding their loved one’s death, this lack of transparency and accountability further exacerbates the dehumanizing and cruel practices that characterize the U.S. immigration detention system.
Please join DWN members and allies across the country in support of this year’s national demand along with each city’s local demands.
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