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Deaths in immigration detention centers may be due to poor care

Migrant families in Georgia and other states may find themselves facing challenges associated with one or more family members being detained. Immigration detention centers in many areas are full, and some say substandard care has become problematic in more than one facility. In fact, several deaths have recently occurred that have been linked to possible negligence by detention center officials.

Apparently, recent investigations were conducted concerning 18 of 31 reported deaths that occurred while the decedents were under detainment with U.S. immigration authorities. Conclusive evidence suggests that at least seven deaths were associated with substandard care. The deaths occurred over a 3-year time span between 2012 and 2015.

Medical experts stated that at least seven of the deaths happened after those who died received negligent medical care. The experts also said that there seemed to be apparent violations of applicable detention protocol. Other disturbing investigation results suggest that many people with mental disabilities were placed in isolation without cause, and they failed to receive appropriate mental health assessments and treatment.

A Human Rights Watch advocate stated that the death reviews demonstrate an ongoing problem in immigration detention centers across the nation. Possible failure to prevent negligent care appears to be leading to death for immigrants in many situations. Anyone in Georgia who is currently detained or concerned about a loved one in detainment may contact an immigration and naturalization attorney for guidance. An attorney can provide many resources and may be able to offer assistance that can lead to positive solutions to immigration problems.

Source: hrw.org, "US: Deaths in Immigration Detention", Accessed on July 19, 2016

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