Inside Eloy Detention Center
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Inside Eloy
Detention Center

A place where
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What is the eloy
detention center?

Run by private prison corporation, CoreCivic, Eloy Detention Center is located in Eloy, AZ, a small “prison town” located between Tucson and Phoenix. To be clear, the “detention center” is, in fact, a prison – an inhumane prison filled with migrants.

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We like to think of [people who are currently detained]
as in a gated community with lots of amenities.
– Eloy City Manager Harvey Krauss
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In August 2018, Advancement Project National Office conducted a stakeholder visit of Eloy Detention Center on behalf of and in partnership with Puente Human Rights Movement. The findings on this website are a result of this visit, an attempt at transparency and to hold those who run and manage Eloy Detention Center accountable.

Glossary

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Language has historically been used to oppress and devalue communities of color, and to erase identity and history. Language becomes more powerful when it is understood by a wider community. We have made the decision to define some words and phrases as we feel they best represent our community and political beliefs.

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Latinx

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Migrant

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Polimigra

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People who are detained

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Reasonable fear interview

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Secure Communities

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SB 1070

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287(g)

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Tent Cities

Inside Eloy

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Brief Overview: The Incarceration Crisis in Arizona

An aggressive, unforgiving criminal legal system that criminalizes migrants in Arizona and is disproportionately felt by communities of color.

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Notice I’m Being Killed

Abysmal, inhumane, and deadly conditions inside the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Valentina Gloria

Valentina’s case is a gross travesty and emblematic of the inhumane and unjust system of incarceration in Phoenix.

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Rise of the Polimigra and the Deportation Pipeline

The collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement is sometimes referred to as the “polimigra.”

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Welcome to Eloy

A prison town.

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The Economics of Eloy

"Once you are in there, you are just a bunk number. You don’t get out until they let you out.”

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Medical Care: Dollar Store Medicine

One interview described “Dollar Store” pills that does not cure an ailment but merely covers it up.

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Stories from Eloy: Antonio

“For the people inside, I would tell them to hold on, that your family is waiting for you.”

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“Segregation,” or Solitary Confinement

Recreation in a killing cage that has been banned in most facilities in Arizona.

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Stories from Eloy: Jose de Jesus

“If I die in ICE custody, don’t believe their lies.” – Jose de Jesus

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Pregnant Women in Detention

We met a woman who was almost eight months pregnant that said she was always hungry and she had lost weight in detention.

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Dining at Eloy

Killer salsa, moldy bread, rancid beans, and water with worms.

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Hygiene and Basic Human Dignity Denied

The only access to water is from the faucet, a questionable source for cleanliness and safety.

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Stories from Eloy: Crochet at Christmas

We heard several accounts of basic denials of human dignity, like throwing Christmas gifts in the trash.

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Inside Eloy: Burning Feet

Shoes so cheap that the hot Arizona pavement burns through and blisters your feet.

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Voluntary? Work Program: $1 a Day per Job

Jobs of $1 per day per prisoner garners a profit for the corporate owners of Eloy.

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Mail in Detention

“My job is to deport them.”

Take Action

Advancement Project National Office’s visit to the Eloy Detention Center and the documented proof of Arizona's treatment of people who are incarcerated, highlights the importance of the need for people power. At the root of the immigration detention system is the criminalization of Black and Brown people in-state laws and how over- policing, racial profiling and harsh sentencing laws funnel people of color into the state prison industrial complex.

Congress must act to defund ICE and CBP. Congress must eliminate the detention bed quota requiring a daily minimum detention of 34,000 people. We demand decriminalization of migration and Advancement Project National Office and Puente Human Rights Movement call for humane treatment for those who are detained.

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Join the cause

These systems, and the inhumane ways that our people are treated both inside and outside of jail cells will only change if people demand the change. Add your name to learn more and send a message to Congress today!

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Resources
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Toolkit

Download the full report, The Carceral State of Arizona: The Human Cost of Being Confined, and additional resources for you and your organization to use. If you are part of a non-profit grassroots group, you can request information regarding ICE or CBP from the federal government through the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), which is included in the section below.

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DOWNLOAD REPORT:
THE CARCERAL STATE OF ARIZONA:
THE HUMAN COST OF BEING CONFINED

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HOW TO FILE A FEDERAL FOIA REQUEST [1]

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About Puente

Puente Human Rights Movement (“Puente”) is a grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2007, Puente’s membership and leadership has always been comprised of those most impacted by anti-immigrant policies and laws: currently and formerly undocumented people, those in mixed-status families, and people of color affecting rampant racial profiling.

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Advancement Project

Advancement Project National Office is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Advancement Project National Office’s Immigrant Justice Project supports grassroots organizations in building power to end the racist criminalization of migration. We use litigation, advocacy, organizing, and strategic communications to strengthen the capacity of our frontline partners.

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