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Newbrough was sadly not the only such case. Since 2003, 91 immigrants have died in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A key task for the human rights movement therefore committed in the midst of conﬂict continues to be involves working for reform of the police and jus- paramount. However, these forms of providing access tice system to prove that the two are not incompat- to justice can also address situations where rights are ible. For a movement born out of the opposition to denied to broad sectors of the population. heavy-handed authoritarian rule in the context of If they want to preserve the great achievements ideologically polarized conﬂicts and societies, this is of recent decades, modern human rights champions a difﬁcult change to achieve. But it must be done, and must play a bolder role in exposing criminal involve- civil society organizations need to learn and work in ment and corruption in governments, and in leading these new circumstances. initiatives aimed at strengthening democratic gover- That does not mean giving up the movement’s tra- nance and ﬁghting inequality. ditional goals. It remains essential to confront past and present impunity with continued efforts to pros- ENDNOTE ecute human rights abusers, to pursue truth-telling 1. Some revealing examples of this can be found in, Mariclaire about systemic crimes and to seek effective repara- Acosta and John Burnstein, ¿Qué puede haber dentro de un nombre? Estudios de caso sobre identidad y registro en America tions for victims. Latina y el Caribe (Washington DC: Inter-American Development In some cases, seeking redress for crimes Bank Sustainable Development Department, 2006), 192. IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS by Diana Rodriguez or ten days last standards on the treatment F November, detained immigrant Guido Newbrough sought med- of detainees. Immigrants are frequently denied adequate medical care, visitation and ical attention for the access to legal counsel and bacterial infection that legal materials. “With ever- was affecting his heart. more restrictive policies and His repeated pleas to prac
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