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Free Them All by Madhvi Bahl. 2020.

“I can’t eat and sleep properly. I cry with tears most of the day. I am very anxious thinking about what will happen to my husband and myself.”

This is how Prachi* describes her day-to-day life ever since COVID-19 reached the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. Prachi’s move to DC started as an exciting new chapter in her life, but soon our broken immigration system turned it into a traumatizing nightmare.

Last year, Prachi’s husband was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and sent to ICA-Farmville — a private detention facility in Virginia operated by Immigration Centers of America (ICA), a for-profit prison company. Having lost their household’s primary-income earner, Prachi was evicted from her home. She took up a job in the service industry to pay her bills and hire a lawyer for her husband, but her efforts came to a halt after she couldn’t work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. …


Madhvi Bahl

Inquilab Zindabad. she/her.

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