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There are five migrant detention centers in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, two of which are in Virginia, located in Caroline and Prince Edward counties. Local town and county officials profiteer off the unethical detention of migrants, bringing in millions of dollars a year at the expense of our community members. …


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Loudoun County, VA. October 14, 2020 — Yesterday, organizers from the Free Them All VA Coalition, represented by Public Citizen, filed a motion to block a search warrant requesting access to the Coalition’s Facebook digital records. This is the second incident this month of Virginia police targeting migrant justice organizers — last week, VietLead’s executive director was arrested for protesting at the ICE director’s house in Henrico County. …


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Bowling Green, VA. Sep 22, 2020 — ICE has confirmed 25 active cases of COVID-19 at Caroline detention facility, though the actual number is likely higher because detained people say that testing has been limited. Additionally, they report that multiple dorms are under quarantine but guards are moving freely between infected and uninfected dorms potentially spreading the virus throughout the facility.

For months now the people detained at Caroline have been raising alarm about the possibility of an outbreak, their concerns have been either ignored or met with violent force and brutality. On July 13th, guards entered Block TE and ordered everyone to their cells, indicating that they were to be quarantined. A group of people refused to leave until they were given more information and sanitizing supplies. A lieutenant threw Carlos Rivas, one of the men, to the ground, held him down by his neck, and beat him while he was heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” Mr. Rivas had to be carried to medical since he was bleeding and could not stand on his own. …

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Amplifying demands of folx organizing for liberation from VA migrant detention, jails & prisons. Email: freethemallva@protonmail.com #FreeThemAllVA

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