A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement

Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program 2019-05-22

“One of the facilities covered in that report was the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, which the inspector general visited in conjunction with the Buffalo Field Office, according to August 2016 emails obtained by Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and shared with The Intercept. A partially redacted write-up of the meeting at the detention center, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that someone from the inspector general’s office asked whether field office staffers ‘had any safety concerns about the fact that detention officers aren’t told which detainees have mental health conditions and may act erratically.’ In response, an ICE officer said, ‘Any officer that is on his toes and has people skills can figure out who ‘isn’t all there.’ There is also word of mouth between officers, but there is no official flagging system on the detention officer side.'”