Brianne Hansen

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public policy, mental health, refugees & immigration




Immigrant detention centers are used to hold potential immigration law violators while their case is being processed. but within these facilities many individuals experience poor living conditions. These conditions range from inadequate health care to abuse. This treatment can lead to poor physical and mental health outcomes for detainees as well as negative social and economic effects for their families. Public perspective, legislation. and economic incentives all encourage this poor treatment. while detention policies enable them. Nonprofits work to solve this issue through visitation programs. political advocacy. and community-based alternatives to detention. The Federal Government has addressed this issue most effectively through creating alternative to detention programs, but some local governments, believing that immigration enforcement is too strict. have implemented additional policies which protect undocumented immigrants from detention and deportation.