New Reports Highlight Pattern of Abuse and Demand President Obama Restore Basic Dignity

GADSEN, ALABAMA– The immigration detention system in the United States has grown drastically over the last 15 years and the appalling conditions in the detention centers that house immigrants have reached a tipping point.

President Obama made promises to reform this inhumane system in 2009, but the reality on the ground has not changed. Now, conditions at the jails that house immigrants have gotten so bad, the only option is to begin shutting them down.

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Everyday we talk to people who are being held in deplorable conditions in our nation's immigrant detention centers. We helped compile many of these testimonies for the Explose and Close reports. Detention Watch Network has coordinated the release of ten "Expose and Close" reports which detail the acute and chronic human right violations occurring in immigration detention in the United States today.
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Families for Freedom is proud to be part of the national Prison Divestment Campaign that organized for Wells Fargo to dump their prison stock. Today it was announce that Wells Fargo just divested from GEO group, the nations largest private prison company, that profits off of the misery of immigrants and their families. Hasta la Victoria!!!!

Families for Freedom is celebrating 10 years of organizing against deportations and fighting to keep our families together.


The Shahani Family, Subhash Kateel and Maria Muentes for their courage and vision in founding Families for Freedom

Friday, November 9th, 2012 7PM-11PM

Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South

Live Entertainment, International Food, Drinks, and Dance Party

Tickets with Dinner included $25

We are excited to announce that Families for Freedom is now accepting applications for our annual Speakers Bureau program. Speakers Bureau is a 10 week program with weekly classes focusing on the intersections between the criminal justice and immigration system, organizing against detention and deportations and public speaking and presentation skills. Graduates from the program go on to educate and organize their communities to create real safe spaces to empower immigrant families. Speakers Bureau starts October 15 and will continue for 10 weeks When: Monday Nights 6:30-9pm
In the Media
August 24, 2012
GADSDEN, Ala. -- The serpentine Coosa River once brought people and goods aplenty to this pretty Southern town, known first for its riverboats and later for its rubber and steel plants. But those times are mostly a memory. The city has struggled since the 1980s. Plants shuttered, and industry moved abroad. Many jobs shifted into the service sector. Then, in the late 1990s, a tide of immigrants flowed into Gadsden, delivering an unlikely economic boost. The essential revenue they generated came not from their work in fields, factories or hotels, however, but from their presence in the county’s jail cells.
In the Media
August 21, 2012
Ivan Stobert was in many ways the ideal immigrant. In 2006, he traveled from Moldova to the United States on a visa. While here, he fell in love and in 2008 married a U.S. citizen. He became a permanent legal resident, bought a house in the Atlanta area and started a cleaning business. Ivan Stobert, a 25 year-old Moldovan national, speaks to his lawyer from his home in Atlanta. Despite holding a green card, he says he spent nearly a year in the Etowah County Detention Center last fall after accidentally checking the "U.S. citizen" box on a motorcycle license application. “Finally I made my dream,” Stobert told NBC News. “I buy my house, I have my business. I thought, ‘Wow, I love America!’” But the love affair ended in December 2010, when the slight 25-year-old found himself locked up indefinitely in the Etowah County Detention Center in northeast Alabama, charged with an aggravated felony and facing deportation.


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