Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in ICE Detention Centers
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers have established standards for maintaining the safety, security and health of both staff and detainees. Unfortunately, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, these established standards cannot be maintained because of the forced proximity of people inside the facilities. It is imperative that you learn what your rights are and get the legal assistance you need as soon as possible to minimize your exposure to this potentially deadly disease.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued information about COVID-19 and specifically, how it can spread. On their site (https://cdc.gov) they state:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
ICE detention centers have been reported to be “dangerously crowded” by reputable news outlets. This makes it impossible to maintain the safety of detainees. We can’t reiterate enough that you must get legal assistance as soon as possible, especially if you or a loved one is in the high risk group for complications from COVID-19. Already, non-violent offenders within the justice system are being removed from dangerous overcrowding. But this doesn’t guarantee a good outcome in the long run. Without excellent representation, you will not have the best chance at a good outcome for you or your family member.