On Friday, February 15th approximately 70 I.C.E. detainees at the Suffolk County House of Correction launched a hunger strike calling for an end of abuse and for more humane conditions. Four people are currently being held in solitary confinement in direct retaliation for participating in this hunger strike.
JOIN US FOR THIS CALL-IN DAY by contacting the Suffolk County House of Correction and call for better conditions at the facility and for all detainees to be immediately released. Please make these three calls:
617-635-1000, extension 6510#
617-635-1000, extension or 2030#
617-635-1000, stay on the line for the “directory of services”, then dial 5 (for the office of Sheriff Tompkins)
PLEASE READ the full list of grievances sent from the detainees at Suffolk County: http://thefangcollective.org/suffolkletter
Additionally, according to detainees inside, SCHC is illegally detaining people beyond the amount of time that the facility is allowed to.
According to sources inside, the maximum amount of time SCHC is allowed to detain people is 24 hours, but people have reported being held for weeks. We have also been alerted that the A-number (known as the alien number) designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to all people who have an open case with the US immigration system is intentionally NOT being updated to show the current location of those being detained in Suffolk, potentially due to the illegality of holding detainees in the facility beyond the 24 hour period. We have verified that at least two people’s A-numbers have not been updated as of today, February 16th.
Suffolk County is not listed as one of the 78 law enforcement agencies with a formal agreement with ICE known as a 287g agreement (www.ice.gov/287g). If there is no agreement, how does SCHC have the authority to detain people?
We strongly encourage everyone in contact with someone detained in Suffolk to verify the location of the person with their A-numbers and take screenshots and/or pictures of the results. To do that online, go to https://locator.ice.gov/odls. If you, or someone you know needs any support with searching for someone they know who is being detained in Suffolk, please message us or call the AMOR support line at 401-675-1414.
This is a developing story, more updates coming soon.
You can also pledge to take action with FANG and the AMOR Community Response Team here: http://bit.ly/ShutDownICE