No More Deaths/Keep Tucson Together Emergency COVID-19 Bond Fund
The COVID-19 health pandemic has amplified many of the injustices faced by thousands throughout the world: systemic poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and housing —issues that force people to embark on journeys away from their homes as an act of survival and where danger awaits if they are imprisoned in detention centers like La Palma Correctional Facility in Arizona. We need your support to help free people in immigration detention ASAP!
Arizona detention centers are notorious for their abusive practices towards detained migrants, lack of access to proper hygiene, and cramped quarters. The La Palma facility in Eloy, AZ, currently has the most cases of COVID of any ICE detention center in the country at 366 cases since the start of the pandemic. 233 are currently in isolation at the facility. In addition, at La Palma, almost half of the staff have tested positive and a guard recently died of COVID.
As of September 18, No More Deaths' legal aid team has been able to get 32 of our clients released from ICE detention either through bonds or on humanitarian parole, including from La Palma. Many of those who were released tested positive for COVID and were able to isolate at a safe facility with the help of No More Deaths and allied organizations.
This bond fund has been absolutely critical to this work and saved lives.
As of September 18, 5,832 of ICE detainees nationally have tested positive for COVID or 17% of those tested.
ICE is doing what it knows how to do best: hiding their abusive practices in the shadows and away from the public eye by going on lockdown. Rather than treat people with compassion, they are responding with abuse. There are reports that people inside La Palma have been put in solitary confinement and even pepper sprayed after expressing concerns about COVID-19 and the lockdown. Homemade masks have also been confiscated and people are not being given soap.
If someone gets diagnosed with COVID-19, they have to go into solitary confinement, so some folks are hiding their symptoms, as solitary has much worse conditions than regular detention.
Getting people out of detention is a matter of life and death. As we continue our on-the-ground organizing to #FreeThemAll, we are also fighting in the courts. Our immigration clinic program, Keep Tucson Together, is currently representing 43 people in ICE custody and we are trying to schedule bond hearings for as many as possible over the next few weeks. We are demanding everyone be released on bonds and/or humanitarian grounds.
But, bonds are not cheap. A single bond can be $10,000+ and most people and their families do not have that kind of access to wealth. Our goal is to fundraise $100,000 for an Emergency Bond Fund to meet our goal and ensure people get out sooner, rather than later.
Can you donate to help #FreeThemAll?
We so appreciate your support.
The No More Deaths Community
P.S. If you can’t donate, please help us spread the word on social media and with your community and continue to take action online!