Nuala Bishari reported for the SF Public Press on how S.F. Immigration Lawyers Cut ICE Detention Centers Population by Two-Thirds. This article features the work of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Immigration Unit to protect people being held in immigration detention, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through several joint legal actions, the population of two California immigration detention centers has dropped by two-thirds, reuniting families and protecting detained people from the congregate living settings that have been a hotbed for the spread of the coronavirus. In doing so, the unit has exposed the lies and mismanagement of I.C.E. and the GEO group, the private prison contractor that operates Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield, CA.


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