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Friday, December 2, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Calls on DHS Secretary Johnson to End For-Profit Immigrant Detention

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett Phone: 202-621-1409 Email:

WASHINGTON, D.C— The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) voted yesterday on whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should continue its use of private prisons for immigration detention. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), alongside the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network (DWN) and National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) raised serious concerns over the current over-reliance of private detention facilities.

The committee moved forward with a vote only after a lengthy discussion about their concerns, which prompted nearly three quarters of the HSAC Council asking Secretary Johnson to shift away from using private prisons. Claudia Flores, policy analyst for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, provided comment during HSAC’s public meeting and issued the following statement:

“NLIRH calls on Secretary Johnson to end the Department of Homeland Security’s multimillion-dollar relationship with the for-profit prison industry. The deprivation of rights, family disruption, and well-documented abuse, including inadequate medical care that has contributed to numerous detainee deaths, should be reason enough to end the use of private immigration facilities. We are encouraged that an overwhelming majority of HSAC members agreed that the status quo reliance on the use of private prisons is morally concerning and should prompt further study. Secretary Johnson undertook a major step in leading this effort, now it is time for him to end the for-profit incarceration of our families.”


The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.