09 April 2020

Thematic Focus: Detention, esp. COVID-19 Risk

Request for information:

COVID-19 & Immigration Detention: Mapping the Crisis and Its Management (Border Criminologies Blog, April 2020) [text]

Blog posts & press:

BIA: "Lock Them Up!" (Jeffrey S. Chase Blog, April 2020) [text via LexisNexis]

"Coronavirus, Conflict Threaten Thousands of Refugees, Migrants Detained in Libya," VOA News, 4 April 2020 [text]

Coronavirus Exacerbates Dangers for Migrants in Mexican Detention (RI Blog, April 2020) [text]
- See also related MSF statement.

Coronavirus Poses Added Risks to Australia's Immigration Detainees (Human Rights Watch, April 2020) [text]

Europe: Curb Immigration Detention Amid Pandemic (Human Rights Watch, March 2020) [text]

Immigration Detention and COVID-19: Why Releasing Those in Detention Keeps Us All Safer (Border Criminologies Blog, March 2020) [text]

Immigration Detention as Social Defence: Policing "Dangerous Mobility" in Italy (Border Criminologies Blog, April 2020) [text]

Immigration Detention Should Not Be a Death Sentence (Center for Migration Studies, March 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the U.S.

Reports & journal articles:

COVID-19: Focus on Persons Deprived of Their Liberty, Interim Guidance (IASC, March 2020) [text]

Decline in ICE Detainees with Criminal Records Could Shape Agency's Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (TRAC, April 2020) [text]

"Editorial: Europe’s Migrant Containment Policies Threaten the Response to COVID-19," BMJ, 26 March 2020 [full-text]

Immigration Detention in Belgium: Covid-19 Puts the Breaks on an Expanding Detention System (Global Detention Project, March 2020) [text]

Immigration Detention in Tunisia: Shrouded in Secrecy (Global Detention Project, March 2020) [text]

"Insight into Suffering: The Roles of Testimony in Exposing Child Abuse in Immigration Detention," ANU Undergraduate Research Journal, vol. 10, no. 1 (2020) [full-text]
- Focuses on Australia.

"La RĂ©tention des Demandeurs De Protection Internationale," Chapter in Droit Luxembourgeois et EuropĂ©en de l’Asile (Pasicrisie, Aug. 2019) [preprint]

Statement of Principles relating to the Treatment of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty in the Context of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (COE Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, March 2020) [access]
- Follow link for multiple language versions.

'We are adrift, about to sink': The Looming COVID-19 Disaster in US Immigration Detention Facilities (Amnesty International, April 2020) [text]


"Immigrants in ICE Detention Face the Threat of COVID-19," NPR, 7 April 2020 [info]
- Follow link for podcast. See also related ICE guidance.

"The Impact of COVID-19: Time to End Immigration Detention?," Immigration Short-Takes: Mobility in the Time of COVID-19 (Zolberg Institute, March 2020) [access]


Covid-19 Global Immigration Detention Platform (Global Detention Project) [access]
- "The Global Detention Project has launched this platform to track how states respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to systematically and comprehensively survey all detaining countries across the globe to report on official action—or, as the case may be, inaction. The platform will also report calls by independent monitoring bodies, NGOs, and human rights institutions demanding that authorities implement measures to safeguard the wellbeing of migrants and asylum seekers in official custody and release people from detention."

Related post: 
Thematic Focus: Detention (24 March 2020)

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