Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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The Survivors: Stories of People Released from ICE Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 11, 2021

By examining client stories and key facts uncovered from the 40+ lawsuits the American Civil Liberties Union filed against Immigration and Customs Enforcement since March of 2020, this report provides a window into the conditions of immigration detention from the perspective of people who survived and gained freedom from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also highlights some of the most egregious ways in which ICE and its contractors failed to protect detained people and, in some cases, sought to obscure the truth. It also makes recommendations to the administration and highlights the stories of 19 people who were detained during the pandemic and released as a result of litigation.