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Poor conditions in detention centers threaten safety of detainees

If you or someone you love must spend time in an immigration detention center, you do still have rights as a person, and may have legal grounds to contest your treatment. Here in Georgia, our state houses a detention center quickly gaining a reputation for being a place where anything but the law gets upheld.

The inner workings of the detention center came to light recently thanks to the investigative work of some local and regional journalists who built upon the findings of the inspector general's office (IG). The IG's office surveyed a number of detention centers, including Stewart Detention Center, which operates in southwest Georgia.

According to the report, the conditions observed in the center did not meet fair standards of care, violating the rights of many of the detainees and creating many complications due to ongoing staff and supply shortages. Lack of proper staffing and lack of medical supplies leads to many potential abuses, and encourages an atmosphere of chaos that threatens the safety of all detainees.

If you or someone you love faces time in Stewart or some other detention center, you may have ways to fight against detention and push for other outcomes. While this is rarely an easy fight to win, you may have more options than you realize.

Fighting for your rights as an immigrant in the United States is not easy, but it is possible. You can speak with an experienced immigration law attorney who understands the specifics of local and state laws that affect your circumstances to understand your legal options and keep your rights and privileges secure.

Source: Reveal News, "Staff describe Georgia immigrant detention center as ‘ticking bomb’," Elly Yu, June 05, 2018

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