Quote of the Week
“As people across the country practice social distancing, the people held at Pine Prairie say there’s only about two to three feet between each bed in the dorms. There’s a lack of hand sanitizer and soap at various detention centers, as well. These facilities also hold many people over the age of 50, a population particularly at risk. What’s more, the medical treatment at detention centers is known to be inadequate – even fatal – during the best of times, much less a global pandemic. We also know people continue to be transferred from one facility to another, a practice that risks spreading the virus throughout other detention centers.”
Katrina Huber, coordinator of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast immigrant Freedom Initiative.
4/2/20 - “Fighting for immigrant rights during a pandemic. As people across the country are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, little attention has been given to a group of people whose health is in danger because they are locked away from the outside world - people in detention centers.”
By Katrina Huber.