Immigration Agency's Revised List of Deaths in Custody
Nina Bernstein and Margot Williams
The New York Times
New York, NY
The New York Times used FOIA to obtain an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document titled "List of Detainee Deaths since October 2003," which lists basic information about 90 people who died in immigration-related detention. The list includes names, dates of birth and death, nationality, place of death (or last detention), whether death-related paperwork (autopsy report, death certificate) is accessible, and cause of death.
The list expands on an earlier list, of 66 names, from January 1, 2004-November 2007, by expanding the time period covered and adding some information and decedents which had been omitted from the earlier list. However, the Times has already found errors, including the omission of a Salvadorean woman who was found hanged while being held for deportation. The list also contains contradictory information about the location of some detainees, and the entity responsible for the detention facilities.
Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, detainee, death, immigration
The New York Times later explored the life of Pakistani immigrant Tanveer Ahmad in its July 6, 2009 story, "Piecing Together an Immigrantís Life the U.S. Refused to See" (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/06/nyregion/06detain.html).
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