[act-ma] 12/01/16: ICE detainees and Solitary Confinement

B Evans ben.c.evans at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 12:23:48 PST 2016


Solitary Confinement and ICE Detainees

Please join us for a conversation about solitary confinement and
immigration detainees. Everyday about 800 immigrants are locked up in
county jails and detention centers across Massachusetts.

These women and men are civil detainees who may be waiting for a decision
on their asylum application, may have overstayed a visa, or may be
contesting deportation. They may be placed in solitary confinement for
breaking rules or because they are at risk of being harmed by other
detainees (for example, because they identify as transgender).

In May 2015 , the UN passed rules that prohibit solitary confinement
lasting more than 15 days and in 2011 the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
concluded that solitary confinement for more than 15 days constitutes
torture and can cause irreversible harmful psychological effects. How
should this issue be addressed?

WHEN: Noon on Thursday, December 1st
WHERE: Moot Courtroom, UMass Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, Mass.

Speakers:
Attorney Elizabeth Matos, Massachusetts Prisoner Legal Services
Attorney Lisa Newman-Polk, former Mass. Dept. of Corrections clinician who
is familiar with solitary confinement and its impact on mental health.
Attorney Ellen Gallagher, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Civil Rights
and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This is one of several events marking the 15th anniversary year of the
Immigration Litigation Clinic at UMass Law. It is co-sponsored by the UMass
Law Review, the International Law Students Association, and the Latin
American Law Students Association.


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