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document July 19, 2023

EPA Report on Imperial Regional Detention Facility

Notice of warning from Environmental Protection Agency to CEO of Management and Training Corporation (MTC) re: disinfectant use at Imperial Regional Detention Facility. MTC advised to take all necessary action to ensure that any further use of pesticides takes place in accordance with the directions and precautionary statements on the pesticide label, and in full compliance with the provisions of FIFRA. Failure to do so could be subject to further enforcement action.

document March 1, 2022

Glades Detention Center letter to EPA

Earthjustice along with 13 community advocacy groups who are part of the Shut Down Glades Coalition called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, FL for unsafe and unlawful living conditions. In a letter submitted to the federal agency, the coalition of groups expressed concerns over the misuse of highly concentrated industrial-grade chemical disinfectants in poorly ventilated living and eating spaces, harming the health of people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, and violating the law governing use of such products. Signatories to the letter are calling for the immediate release of those who are being harmed at Glades County Detention Center and for the EPA to investigate the illegal and unlawful use of chemicals at migrant detention centers in Glades County and across the country.

Press Release March 1, 2022

Advocates Ask EPA to Investigate Toxic Chemical Misuse at Florida Detention Center

Immigrants at Glades County Detention Center exposed to harmful disinfectant multiple times a day

Press Release March 1, 2022

Defensores Piden A La EPA Investigar Uso Indebido De Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas En Centro De Detención De Florida

Inmigrantes en el centro de detención del condado de Glades son expuestos a desinfectante tóxico varias veces al día

document January 24, 2022

MTC Imperial Detention Center Complaint

Nine immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention at the privately-owned Imperial Regional Detention Facility, filed a civil rights complaint with federal agencies in response to unsafe living conditions due to hazardous air, dust, mold, and drinking water contamination.

Press Release January 24, 2022

Facing noxious air and contaminated water, immigrants detained in Imperial ICE prison lodge new federal complaint

Advocacy groups demand Imperial Regional Detention Facility to release migrants amid exposure to toxic air, mold, and contaminated water

Press Release January 24, 2022

Ante Aire Nocivo y Agua Contaminada, Migrantes Detenidos en Prisión Imperial ICE Presentan Nueva Denuncia Federal

Grupos exigen que el Centro de Detención Regional Imperial libere a migrantes en respuesta a la exposición al aire tóxico, el moho y agua contaminada

document October 19, 2021

Homestead detention center FOIA lawsuit

Earthjustice, on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel several federal agencies to respond to unanswered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the Florida Homestead migrant detention center for unaccompanied children.

document October 19, 2021

The Toxic Truth: Organizing Against Migrant Child Detention, Militarism, and Environmental Racism in Homestead, Florida

A report by American Friends Service Committee and Earthjustice

Press Release October 19, 2021

Groups Probe Government Over Migrant Children’s Possible Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Advocates sue federal agencies to learn more about Florida site with known contaminants, including arsenic, lead, and mercury

Press Release October 19, 2021

Grupos Ambientales y de Justicia Investigan A Gobierno Estadounidense Por Posible Exposición De Menores Migrantes A Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas

Defensores demandan a agencias federales para obtener más información sobre centro de detención con contaminantes como arsénico, plomo y mercurio.

In the News: The Counter August 11, 2021

EPA warns an immigrant detention center to stop cleaning microwaves with pesticides

Raul Garcia, Legislative Director, Policy & Legislation Team: “They have been put on notice. They know what they’re doing is wrong, and they just don’t seem to care. This is why it’s up to our government to step in and make sure that this stops.”

document July 15, 2021

Letter to Agencies about Fort Bliss (July 2021)

Earthjustice, along with Hispanic Federation, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, GreenLatinos, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, joined the growing calls for the closure of the migrant child detention center located at the Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, Texas, due to flagrant environmental contamination in the area. In a letter submitted to federal agencies, groups expressed alarm by the growing number of reports of dangerous and unsafe conditions for children at Fort Bliss and other emergency intake shelters. They also asked for the closure of this detention center. This comes as recent news reports have detailed horrifying conditions at Fort Bliss, including contractors ill-equipped to care for children, severe emotional distress, and inhumane treatment.

Press Release July 15, 2021

Groups: “Biden Needs to End Child Detention at Fort Bliss Now”

Advocates call on agencies to immediately end migrant detention on contaminated and unsafe military base

Press Release July 15, 2021

Biden Debe Frenar Detención De Menores En Peligrosa Base Militar de Texas, Afirman Grupos

Los defensores piden a las agencias a que pongan fin de inmediato a la detención de migrantes en Fort Bliss, una base considerada contaminada e insegura

A woman who identified herself as Jennifer sits with her son Jaydan at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Tex., in 2018. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
case June 23, 2021

Hazards at Migrant Detention Facilities

In a series of legal actions, Earthjustice has sought information — including environmental reviews of sites and analysis of the health and safety impacts on those in detention — on multiple migrant detention facilities to ensure the health of those in custody. Freedom of Information Act requests have revealed details of multiple proposed migrant detention…

In the News: E&E News April 15, 2021

EPA staffers head to border to aid unaccompanied minors

Raul Garcia, Legislative Director, Policy and Legislation, Earthjustice: “I hope they take back what they see, what they smell and what they touch and act upon it with their jurisdiction.”

Press Release April 6, 2021

Environmental Leaders Urge Biden Administration to Curb Dangerous Power Plant Pollution

Environmental leaders are urging President Biden to strengthen a suite of federal standards to protect the climate and people’s health