daily sundial | Life inside Adelanto: stories from the ICE detention center
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains individuals in more than 200 detention centers in the United States. Immigration detention centers operate from privatized for-profit facilities, outsourcing the management of ICE facilities – with around 80% of ICE detention beds being managed by privatized for-profit companies. The Adelanto facility is one of those 200, which is located approximately 88 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
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Valdez was first held in an ICE detention center in Eloy, Arizona, for 48 months, 40 of which were spent in a mental health unit. It was also there that he tried to kill himself, on two occasions. Valdez was then transferred to the Adelanto detention center, where he spent just over two years of his life. Meanwhile, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released an inspection report citing the use of pesticides at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, in violation of federal insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide law. (FIFRA).
Margaret Hellerstein is a lawyer with the Esperanza Immigrant Rights project. The organization is a non-profit organization, providing legal representation and resources for those inside ICE detention centers …
The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a social service project of the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. Their services include community education, free direct legal representation for young people in immigration removal proceedings, and pro bono legal services for adults. Margaret Hellerstein is a lawyer with the group.
GEO Group is one of the country’s biggest profiteers in the privatized prison industry, resulting in $ 112 per inmate per day, which is paid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). GEO Group manages the Adelanto detention center which has an occupation of 1940 beds. The city acts as an intermediary between the federal agency ICE and the private for-profit prison company, GEO Group, by way of contract.
Ana Solodovnikova spent two years inside the Adelanto ICE detention center after being a victim of human trafficking and having obtained a criminal record, here is her story …
In the United States, there are over 15,000 people locked up in migrant detention centers and over 200 operating migrant detention centers, with GEO Group owning and / or operating 114 of these facilities.
To this day, hundreds of people remain inside the Adelanto detention center.