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Brutality, Abuse, & Neglect at ICA-Farmville Detention Center: Local, National Organizations Expose Deplorable ICA-Farmville Conditions

August 18, 2020


The only solution is to free all people detained in ICA-Farmville, and shut it down for good. Advancement Project National Office is working with La ColectiVA, Sanctuary DMV, Detention Watch Network (DWN), and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to make it happen.
On August 18, 2020, we released a new white paper and infographic highlighting the deplorable conditions at Immigration Centers of America (ICA) Farmville

The white paper synthesizes new documents obtained by way of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation and illuminates a dark pattern of abuse in ICA-Farmville, a privately run U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

View the full white paper here.

View the associated infographic here

As part of the campaign to demand the urgent release of everyone detained at ICA-Farmville, we have worked for months with a coalition of community organizations and the family members of people inside to demand that Virginia elected officials take actions to get people out of the facility, where the overwhelming majority of people inside have tested positive for COVID-19.

In June of this year, ICE transferred 74 people from detention centers in Florida and Arizona. The transfer, compounded by the irresponsible management within the facility, led to a dramatic spike in infections. There are currently 259 active cases of COVID-19 confirmed in isolation or under monitoring at the facility (with 339 total cases reported over time), and at least six people inside have been hospitalized with severe symptoms. As people have gone on hunger strikes, guards have used pepper spray and retaliated against protesters as fear spread with the growing number of infections.

View the press release here

View excerpt from pending litigation here

Through documents we received in our FOIA litigation, we have proof that abuse at ICA-Farmville has been going on for years. Some of these documents date back to 2015, now in 2020, ICA-Farmville continues this pattern of abysmal medical care.

It’s time to #FreeThemAll.


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