Internet Sources

“Getting Immigrants Out of Detention Is Very Profitable”

Not a first hand account, but tells the story of young girl who was detained and separated from her mother. She could not afford to pay the bond set by the detention center and ended up being involved with business that would help her be released as long as she payed fees and wore an ankle bracelet. Interesting in that it explores the profits that come from detaining/releasing these immigrants.

Torture and Detained - Survivors of the U.S. Detention Centers

Quite a long document but it is very thorough. This is put together by “The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)” and it includes several first hand accounts from people that sought help but instead were met with hostility and aggression at the border and in detention centers. The focus is on the experience of torture survivors.

Hidden Stories - Detention in the UK

This is the link to a video called “Hidden Stories”. It brings together the experiences of those who have been detained and those who have visited detention facilities. Set in the UK.

Cruelty inside the Centers

A short video of a young girl talking about the cruelty of confinement and asking for help

Letter of Maribel Zelaya - Treatment of Immigrants

Article on the inhumane treatment of immigrants in detention centers. Follows the letter of Maribel Zelaya, who speaks of how she ran from her husband who acted as a killer for a gang and how the treatment was horrible that she went on a hunger strike with other women at her detention center. Not only that center, but other centers across the nation went on a hunger strike. It also shows how for-profit corporations for prisons are making money off of the immigration detention centers. There is much more info and statistics on that topic. Talks also about the inability to publicaly look into detention centers because they are for-profit and how there are cover-ups of things that are happening.

Ex-worker at Karnes Immigrant Detention Center Says She Saw Unethical Behavior

This is not a direct testimonial, but an article that describes the experience of a former employee of an immigration detention center. A woman by the name of Olivia Lopez discusses why she ended up quitting her job at the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas after only 6 months. Lopez describes how her superiors often ignored many issues regarding the detainees, such as their health (mental as well as physical), isolated detainees who voiced their concerns and how the detainees experiences incredibly impacted her to the point where she had to quit for her own health. “While there, she said, she became increasingly concerned that detainees’ medical and psychological problems were being downplayed or ignored, and that those who protested conditions were being isolated in what she believed was an attempt to marginalize their complaints.”

U.K. Detainees’ Stories

Article highlights the stories of six different immigrations and their struggles with the U.K. detention programs. Dilip discusses how, during his time in the center, he just wanted to be refused so he could go back home -- since staying in the detention center was "wasting his life" and making him both "mentally and physically upset." Selina describes her time in the center as being suffocated, and Hafez says that there is no difference between prison and detention. Louisa describes how depressed she was, yet how everyone around her seemed to be more depressed than she was. Amadou describes the tragedies of being retained, but says the worst part is now knowing where you are. The last story is Helen, who says the pain was so intense she contemplated suicide.

Reporter Describes Arizona Execution: 2 hours, 640 gasps

This is a news article about an execution that happened in Arizona in 2014.The execution of Joseph Wood had taken place closely after the famous botched execution in Oklahoma. Pharmaceutical companies didn't want their drugs to be associated with the death penalty and it became a lot harder for prisons to obtain the necessary drugs for an execution. Arizona decided to test a new mixture of drugs on Wood. The mixture didn't work. It was said that it took Wood about an hour and a half to die.

Rate of false conviction of criminal defendants who are sentenced to death

This source is a study on the statistics of false convictions in death penalty cases. Gross, S. R., B. O'brien, C. Hu, and E. H. Kennedy. "Rate of false conviction of criminal defendants who are sentenced to death." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.20 (2014): 7230-235. Web.

Amid Brutal Civil War, A Rare Glimpse At Life In Yemen

The war in Yemen began in 2014 when Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, and expelled President Mansour Hadi. Since then, airstrikes led by the Saudis have led to thousands of civilian casualties. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard who recently visited Yemen with photographer Tyler Hicks. Hubbard talks about what he saw and what Yemen is like today for its citizens.

Somalia: 'People are dying..there's no water

Somalia: 'People are dying..there's no water
This CNN story provides a video and story for one family victimized by the drought and famine in Somalia. The article also includes discussion of the current state and problems of Somalia. McKenzie, David, and Brent Swails. "Somalia: 'People are dying..there's no water'" CNN. Cable News Network, 08 Mar. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. .

Latin America's Success (and Struggles) in Fighting Human Trafficking

This article is about the new laws in effect in Latin America that are anti-human trafficking and the struggles with implementing them effectively. While these laws are taking a step in the right direction towards ending this crime, they are ineffective when not executed properly. The issue is that the authority figures are failing to actually convict the guilty and prosecute them for their crimes. This leads to their efforts to legislate this issue being feeble, creating a cycle of injustice.