Under the Obama Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) partnered with for-profit prison corporations to use detention as a way to deter migrants, and in particular migrant children seeking asylum, from crossing the U.S. border. This wave expanded the criminalization of immigrants and led to the resurgence of family detention centers.
In August 2014, a converted prison facility for adult males in Karnes County, Texas, became the fourth family detention center to open in the United States since family internment camps were used during World War II. It is operated by the for-profit, private prison corporation, GEO Group, Inc., and has capacity to detain 532 people. It remains one of three facilities in operation today that detains immigrant women with their children.
The Karnes Pro Bono Project
The Karnes Pro Bono Project was formed in 2014 by a group of immigration advocates and volunteer attorneys. Now under the direction of RAICES, the Karnes Pro Bono Project relies on a small amount of staff and many volunteers to assist the women and children detained at the Karnes County Family Detention Center.
We have the goals to ensure that:
The crisis does not go unheard.
Every woman gets pro bono legal information and services.
Help us and join the fight to end family detention!