immigration

Weekly InSight: Preview of InSight Crime’s Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 8 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the release of a major, groundbreaking investigation by InSight Crime that delves into the much-feared, yet little-understood MS13 gang…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime. Watch the full videos below.

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How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving emigration from the region. The findings suggest current policies aimed at addressing these issues may lack an adequate emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive measures for deterring crime and migration…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policy Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security

In our May 11 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime’s coverage of shifting US policies toward Latin America, and how these changes could impact organized crime and security in the region…

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Crime, Violence Driving Migration from Central America: Reports

Several new reports highlight crime and violence as key factors driving large numbers of Central American citizens to migrate to the United States, suggesting current US efforts aimed at deterring migration may be misplaced…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

White House Promised to Deport ‘Felons, Not Families,’ So Why Are Unaccompanied Children Getting the Boot?

In the first days of the new year, the U.S. government has begun implementing a plan to deport hundreds of undocumented immigrant families back to Central America. And unsurprisingly, reports of apparent constitutional violations are already rolling in…

Read this piece in its entirety at Alternet.

ICE facilities managed by the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America

The GEO Group currently* manages 15 immigration detention facilities in 6 different states, with a total capacity of 17,910, under contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the company’s website, eight of these facilities are operated under “direct contract” with ICE.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) currently manages 12 immigration detention facilities in 7 different states, with a total capacity of 15,169, under contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the company’s website, some of these facilities are owned by CCA while others are owned by the US government.

* UPDATE: The information about GEO Group locations listed above was current as of November 2015 when this post was originally published. Here is an updated list of GEO Group ICE locations that is current as of August 2017: