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Jailed Without Justice: Abuse of Asylum Seekers

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 3:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church, Concord • 20 Lexington Rd • Condord

Amnesty International USA

Jailed Without Justice: Our Government's Abuse of Asylum Seekers and Other Immigrants will be the subject of talks by two speakers, one of them a formerly detained immigrant himself.

"Luis", a Nicaraguan asylum seeker, will describe a nightmare odyssey in which he was transferred repeatedly from one detention center to another, all over the country, while being deprived of sleep, food, and warmth.

Sarah Ignatius, executive director of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) project in Boston will discuss what happens to those who flee persecution in their own countries only to suffer treatment in the United States that can be as bad as or even worse than what they left behind.

Detainees are most often arrested without warning or explanation, jailed, though innocent of any crime, alongside convicted criminals–often hundreds of miles away from their families–handcuffed or placed in chains, held for months or years without judicial review of their cases, and frequently denied medical care.

The event is the annual Human Rights Evening sponsored by Amnesty International Group 15 and the Social Action Community of First Parish.

P.S. Don't forget to register for the Northeast Regional Conference on Saturday, November 14th!

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