Outcry against licensing family detention in Texas continues in Karnes County hearing

April 12, 2016

WHAT: Public hearing on the local impacts of licensing immigrant family lockups
WHO: Karnes residents, including messages from women detained there, will join immigrant and child rights advocates
WHEN:   Wednesday, April 13 from 1-5 p.m.
WHERE: GEO Group-operated Karnes County Correctional Center, 810 Commerce St, Karnes City, Texas 78118

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Organizations and individuals opposed to granting state childcare licenses to federal immigrant family detention centers are expected to pack a public hearing Wednesday in Karnes County.

The hearing will include testimony directly from the women detained in the Karnes family detention center through letters collected by RAICES. Meanwhile, protestors will set up a mock childcare center at the site of the hearing, which is being held in the other for-profit prison operated by GEO in Karnes County.

Organizations opposed to licensing family detention include, but are not limited to: RAICES, Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families, MALDEF, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin Social Action Committee & Texas UU Justice Ministry, the ICE out of Austin campaign, The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter, Bend The Arc: Austin, The Interfaith Welcome Coalition of San Antonio, and others.

An additional public hearing is set for Tuesday, April 26 in the city of Dilley, Texas, where the Corrections Corporation of America operates a similar immigrant family lockup on the site of an old "man camp" for oilfield workers.

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Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works to end prison profiteering and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education.


Cristina Parker, cparker@grassrootsleadership.org, 512-499-8111