Activists from the Denver Metro Sanctuary Coalition and other pro-immigrant groups in Colorado gathered this Monday to protests in front of the GEO private jail the lack of access to medical services for the undocumented.
After the march, Jennifer Piper, leader of the Sanctuary Coalition, and Mexican activist Jeanette Vizguerra said undocumented detainees in that place presented health problems and called for an “immediate” solution.
One of the inmates, detained for a year in that jail, reported during a telephone conversation during a previous press conference that medical services within the detention center were “inadequate” and that “doctors were missing”.
Another detainee said that the cleaning of the Aurora jail, east of Denver (Colorado), occurs when there are visits such as the staff of Congressman Jason Crow or Aurora public officials or local journalists.
“You would have to see what really happens every day,” he said.
The Sanctuary Coalition denounced that at least eight people have not received “critical medical care” and that it is a “recurring” situation. Among the cases presented are cardiac deficiencies or suicide attempts, which went unanswered.
Last March, an outbreak of contagious diseases (including mumps) forced a quarantine of “hundreds” of undocumented immigrants in six of the thirteen pavilions.
That same month, the Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) released a report indicating that from 2011 to 2018 there were more than 400 incidents of “escapes, assaults and sexual assaults” in the detention center.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado also reported Monday that it filed a lawsuit against GEO and the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) for the death in 2017 of a legal Iranian immigrant, Kamyar Samimi, due to an emergency doctor who was not treated at that center.
A week ago, ACLU reported that between March 2013 and February 2017 there were 123 cases of undocumented persons in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day at the GEO jail in Aurora.
The center, with capacity for about 1,500 people, has a contract of almost 4 million dollars with ICE.