Land of Internment
Asylum seekers are detained in prisons throughout the country, including at the Cibola County Correctional Center here in New Mexico. Cibola has been the subject of multiple lawsuits and legislative hearings on abuse and neglect of detainees within the prison. Cibola became the subject of public outcry after the deaths of transgender detainees Roxsana Hernández and Johana Medina. In response to public criticism, ICE recently relocated the trans detainees at Cibola to separate prisons in Colorado and Washington.
As a state on the border, New Mexico is closely involved in United States immigration policy. This talk is an opportunity to learn more about the struggle of asylum seekers in this state, and how New Mexicans can be involved in protecting the human rights and dignity of people seeking asylum in the United States.