Tuesday, August 18, 2009

News From I.C.E.

Detainee passes away at Florida hospital
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On Aug. 14, 2009, Huluf Guangule Negusse, a 24-year-old Ethiopian national being held with a final order of removal pending the receipt of his travel documents, passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Florida.
Negusse was admitted to TMH on Aug. 3, 2009, after he was found by Wakulla County Detention Facility staff following a suicide attempt. At the recommendation of a medical proxy, Negusse was removed from life support on August 14.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have notified the Ethiopian Consulate. Negusse has no known next of kin in the United States or in Ethiopia. Consistent with ICE protocol, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified.

ICE identification of previously un-tracked detainee deaths highlights importance of detention reform
WASHINGTON - During an in-depth review of records related to individuals who have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody since October 2003, ICE has identified 10 individuals who were not previously included on the agency's list of detainee deaths. These 10 deaths occurred between FY 2004 and FY 2007.
In response, on Saturday, August 15, ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton directed an agency-wide review of all documents and databases to ensure the integrity of ICE's records on detainee deaths.

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