What Funders Need to Know About Immigration Detention: A Primer on the U.S. System

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm PDT
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Every morning, roughly 38,000 men, women, and children wake up in the custody of the United States’ immigration detention system. This sprawling system has facilities scattered throughout the country, often owned and run by private contractors, and many located in isolated rural areas. As scrutiny of these facilities has grown, concerns have multiplied. Immigrants have died in detention. Certain facilities are so cold they’ve earned the nickname ‘hieleras’—Spanish for ‘iceboxes.’ Pregnant women report being denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and otherwise mistreated. And analysis shows that humane and effective alternatives, such as case management programs, cost a fraction of detention: around $36/day versus roughly $300/day in some facilities. These concerns and others have led many to argue for other options. Join this webinar to learn how the detention system works, who operates the facilities, what is known about the conditions, and how philanthropy is engaging in this area. The program will also include an update on family separation and detention.




Registration is now closed.

Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of philanthropic support organizations. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)

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If your grantmaker network is interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Melissa Nop.

Thank You

 A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.