Institutional Injustice: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Detention

Jul 01, 2021
  • Description

This report focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrants who have been held in ICE custody at any time since March 2020. Immigrants who are not detained have faced different challenges during the pandemic that are addressed in a separate Tahirih Justice Center report (A System Under Stress: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-detained cases in Immigration Courts). In particular, this report focuses on the unique dangers facing detained populations in the United States due to the privatization of immigration detention, lack of reasonable access to legal services, and health and safety concerns as a result of COVID-19.

This report drew predominantly from existing literature as well as interviews with direct service providers working with immigrants currently in detention. A total of 25 practitioners were interviewed with respondents from Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and New York.