If you are detained in immigration detention, you have certain rights that must be upheld by the facility’s officers and staff members. Unfortunately, violations of these rights do occur, and when they do, you need to take action in order to protect yourself and your rights.
Immigration detention facilities have set up a “Grievance System” that allows all detainees to file both formal or informal grievances, which should be responded to in a timely manner.
Grievances can be filed for a variety of reasons, including medical issues, safety issues, and/or emergency situations to name a few. Each facility is required to provide you with the specific procedure for filing a grievance with that facility, and it must be in a language that you can understand.
Aside from the facility specific grievance system, you can also file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties if you feel that you have been discriminated against or your rights have been violated. The form can be found online by clicking on this link:https://www.dhs.gov/file-civil-rights-complaint.
Once completed, you can submit it here:
Mail: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Compliance Branch 245 Murray Lane, SW Building 410, Mail Stop #0190 Washington, D.C. 20528
You are also encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney if your rights have been violated while in immigration detention.