GEORGIA DETENTION WATCH


We are a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates alongside immigrants to end the inhumane and unjust detention and law enforcement policies and practices directed against immigrant communities in our state. Our coalition includes activists, community organizers, persons of faith, lawyers, and many more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 7, 2016 

 

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS VOICE DEMAND FOR CLOSURE OF THE STEWART DETENTION CENTER ON 7TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ROBERTO MEDINA MARTINEZ

Press conference will be at 11 a.m. on March 11th in front of the ICE office in Atlanta, 180 Spring Street SW 

 

Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, March 11th, Georgia Detention Watch will be joined by individuals and organizations demanding the immediate closure of the Stewart Detention Center, an immigration detention facility in rural southwest Georgia long plagued by complaints of detention standards violations and human rights abuses.  Speakers at the press conference will include formerly detained individuals, medical professionals, and advocates.

“Stewart has a long and egregious history of medical care neglect and other human rights violations. While we mark the seventh anniversary of the preventable death of Roberto Medina Martinez, the problems are not solely in the past but are ongoing,” said Anton Flores-Maisonet of Georgia Detention Watch and the #ShutDownStewart coalition.

Mr. Medina Martinez was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle which is usually caused by a viral infection and normally treatable. An investigation conducted following Mr. Medina Martinez’s death revealed that the lead physician at Stewart was systematically failing to conduct the required review of the medical examination information, thereby jeopardizing the health of the entire detention center population including that of Mr. Medina Martinez.  Following the death of Roberto Medina Martinez, the facility was without a doctor for more than three years, leaving the detained population with grossly inadequate medical care. 

“Seven years after the death of Roberto Medina Martinez, detained individuals at Stewart continue to suffer from lack of adequate access to medical care and inhumane treatment,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South.  “It is past time to shut down Stewart.”

Detained immigrants at Stewart voiced their grievances about the indignities they suffer through uprisings at the facility in the summer of 2014 and fall of 2015.

With a capacity of more than 1,700, Stewart is the second largest immigration detention center in the country.

This event marks the death of Roberto Medina Martinez, as well as the at least 155 other detained immigrants who have perished in ICE custody since October 2003.  A recent national report found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has provided inadequate medical care at its detention facilities for years, leading to in-custody deaths. 

This press conference is supported by the following organizations: Alterna, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), Coalición De Líderes Latinos (CLILA), the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance, and Project South.

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Georgia Detention Watch is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates alongside immigrants to end the inhumane and unjust detention and law enforcement policies and practices directed against immigrant communities in our state. Our coalition includes activists, community organizers, persons of faith, lawyers, and many more.  

 

Member organizations of Georgia Detention Watch include: the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, American Immigration Lawyers Association Atlanta Chapter, Amnesty International-Southern Region, Amnesty International -Atlanta local group 75, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), Coalición De Líderes Latinos (CLILA), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, International Action Center, Open Door Community, Project South, and others.

    

ICE has a

 

responsibility…

 

 

To take immigrants' human rights and dignity violations seriously!

        #ShutDownStewart Vigil IX

Click below for details on the vigil this Saturday, November 21 at 9:30am in Lumpkin, GA

    Why We Must #ShutDownStewart

Click below for details on the workshop this Friday, November 20 at 4:30pm in Columbus, GA



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