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Neal Marquez Featured In NYT News Report On COVID-19 Infection/Spread In ICE Facilities

Posted: 5/3/2021 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Trainee Neal Marquez was featured last weekend in a New York Times investigation report on how neglect and secrecy helped fuel COVID outbreaks both inside and outside ICE detention facilities (skip to 9:00 in video if you want to get to his bit). The report highlights that the botching of COVID protocols and a lack of protections for migrants being held in ICE facilities create major risks for COVID infection – infection rates were 5 times that of prisons and 20 times that of the general population. Furthermore, these numbers pose a threat to spreading to the surrounding communities, but ICE’s sparse data on daily infections among detainees and staff makes it difficult to track COVID’s spread within the facility and the community at large.