- Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, Isolated in Detention: Limited Access to Legal Counsel in Immigration Detention Facilities Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court
Sept., 2010 – “The NIJC’s survey illustrates a systemic problem facing detainees trying to access counsel: the United States detains nearly 400,000 immigrants per year, yet there are only 102 non-governmental organizations providing legal services to detainees, and the vast majority of those organizations have fewer than five staff members dedicated to detention work.”
- Human Rights Watch, Deportation by Default: Mental Disability, Unfair Hearings, and Indefinite Detention in the US Immigration System
July 25, 2010 – Documentation, analysis, and policy recommendations regarding non-citizens with mental disabilities in detention and deportation proceedings.
- New York Civil Liberties Union, Voices from Varick: Detainee Grievances at New York City’s Only Federal Immigration Detention Facility
Feb. 24, 2010 – The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a whitepaper documenting immigrants’ stories of inadequate medical care and staff mistreatment at the Varick Federal Detention Center in Manhattan.
- American Bar Association, Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases
Feb. 5, 2010 – This study provides a comprehensive review of the current system for determining whether a noncitizen should be allowed to stay in the country or should be deported or removed from the United States. The study seeks to determine how well various aspects of the existing system are working and identifies reforms that could improve the system.
- Appleseed Network, Assembly Line Injustice: Blueprint to Reform America’s Immigration Court System
June 2009 – The result of 15 months of research and analysis, including more than 100 interviews with experts in the field, this report documents numerous problems with the immigration court system. To redress these issues, Appleseed lays out a slate of practical recommendations to promote accuracy, legitimacy and efficiency in the courts. These proposals, both large and small, will help ensure that all immigrants receive a fair and impartial hearing, as well as an accurate ruling.