Online Program

Solitary Confinement in the ICE Detention System

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Homer Venters, MD, MS, Center for Health and Human Rights, New York University, New York, NY
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for the detention of approximately 400,000 persons each year. The use of solitary confinement within ICE detention facilities represents an important health concern because of the vulnerability of patients who find themselves in solitary confinement, and the potential for rapid deterioration of medical and mental health status once placed in these settings. Because some aspects of mental health and medical screening are conducted by security staff in the Ice detention system, detainees may be reluctant to report health concerns that left untreated, may contribute to rules infractions, leading to solitary confinement. We recommend that ICE prohibit the routine use of solitary confinement as a punishment of detainees, ensure training on basic mental health and cultural competency issues for all security staff and establish central tracking of solitary confinement and health-related concerns.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the health concerns of immigrants in detention who are placed into solitary confinement. Identify key improvements to avoid adverse health outcomes related to solitary confinement in ICE detention setting.

Keyword(s): Immigration, Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the primary investigator and author on multiple projects and publication related to the health care system of ICE.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.