Project South and Georgia Detention Watch have issued a report detailing what they describe as “grave human rights violations” at the Atlanta City Detention Center pertaining to the detainment of immigrants.

The 105-page report titled “Inside Atlanta’s Immigrant Cages” is based on a year-long documentation project which included interviewing 38 detained immigrants as well as several immigration attorneys, touring the facility, and inspecting hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the city.

Sexual assault, arbitrary solitary confinement, inadequate medical and mental health care and inedible food were some of the findings in the report. Detainees have staged both work and hunger strikes to protest the conditions, the report said.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently signed an executive order refusing to house ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainees in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial policy of separating families at the Mexican border.

The full report is available to read here.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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