Friday, 17 June 2011

Video: alternatives to detention in the USA, upholding detainees human rights

Source: Women's Refugee Commission

On any given day more than 32,000 people are detained in the United States for immigration reasons, many in prison-like conditions. Yet most have no criminal convictions and are waiting for a hearing to determine whether they have violated civil immigration laws.

In this video, find out about alternatives to detention that are not only more humane, but much more cost effective and practical.

Immigration detention in the U.S. is currently based on a penal prison model. Immigrants are often held in conditions that are worse than those for criminals serving a sentence.

In this video, learn how the Women's Refugee Commission is working with immigration services to push for reform so that the most basic of human rights are upheld, especially for those most vulnerable.

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