Part 1: On the Inside: Stories from Immigration Detention
Part One, “On the Inside: Stories from Immigration Detention,” provides introductory readings and resources for understanding the U.S. immigration detention system and a list of immigration detention story projects.
Understanding the Immigration Detention System
- Canon, Dan, “A System Designed to Make People Disappear,” Slate, 2017
- Dow, Mark, American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons. University of California Press, 2004.
- Hefner, Tony. Between the Fences: Before Guantanamo, there was the Port Isabel Service Processing Center. Seven Stories Press, 2010.
- “I’m 15 Years Old. Please, President Obama, Set Me Free to Live My Life,” Huffington Post, 2016.
- “Kapijimpanga: The U.S. is Trying to Deport Me, But You Can’t Deport My Story,” Voice of OC, 2017.
- Ndaula, Malik with Debbie Satyal, “Rafiu’s Story: An American Immigrant Nightmare,” in Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today. Columbia University Press, 2008.
- Soerens, Maria-Jose. “I work with Migrant Detainees. Which Immigration Narrative Do You Want to Hear?” Sojourners.
Use Freedom for Immigrants' interactive map of all U.S. immigration detention facilities to locate a facility near you:
Documentary: Lost in Detention, PBS (2011)
Freedom for Immigrants, Call Me Libertad: Poems Between Borders
Freedom for Immigrants, Detention Stories: Life Inside California's New Angel Island
Freedom for Immigrants, Community Bonds: Life Inside Immigration Detention in Massachusetts:
Freedom for Immigrants and NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, Prolonged Detention Stories
Freedom for Immigrants, “Words Beyond Walls” in
States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories
Detention Watch Network, Voices from Detention:
Immigrant Defense Project, Indefensible Podcast Series