Santos Garcia et al v. Wolf et al
Detained Immigrants Sue ICA-Farmville for COVID-19 Response as Over 80% of Facility Tests Positive
COVID-19 is running rampant across ICA-Farmville, a private detention facility in Farmville, VA, with over 80% of the detained population testing positive. This suit is filed on behalf of four people who are detained by ICE in ICA-Farmville, who are being denied their right to safety, medical care, and adequate food while detained. NIPNLG filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia along with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the Legal Aid Justice Center.
UPDATE: August 7, 2020
We mourn the loss of James Hill, a 72-year-old man who died of COVID-19 after contracting the disease while detained at the Farmville detention center, operated by the private prison company Immigration Centers of America (ICA). Despite being high-risk of death from COVID-19 due to his age, James Hill had been detained at ICA-Farmville between April and July of this year, as the global pandemic spread like wildfire in ICE facilities across the country. He was supposed to return home to Canada on July 9th, but fell ill and was hospitalized days before his flight. On Wednesday night, he lost his fight against COVID and became the 17th person to die in ICE custody this fiscal year. Download the entire statement here or below.