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Detained during a Pandemic: Human Rights behind Locked Doors

Published: 20 July 2021
 by  MDPI
Social Sciences , Volume 10; doi:10.3390/socsci10070276

Abstract: Every year, thousands of people are detained in United States immigration detention centers. Built to prison specifications and often run by private companies, these detention centers have long been criticized by academics and advocacy groups. Problems such as overcrowding and lack of access to basic healthcare and legal representation have plagued individuals in detention centers for years. These failings have been illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted detained migrants. Against a human rights backdrop, this article will examine how the U.S. immigration detention system has proven even more problematic in the context of the pandemic and offer insights to help avoid similar outcomes in the future.
Keywords: detention / immigration / human rights / healthcare / access to justice

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