"I don't want to die inside these four walls, without seeing my family again. But that is what I fear is going to happen."
These are the words of Ingrid, a Salvadoran woman who is one, of thousands, of immigrants being held in US government detention centers. While these centers have always been places where human rights are routinely ignored, they have become even worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of people have tested positive in the center where Ingrid is being held, yet ICE is doing little to protect any of them.
On this website, we will share information about the history of detention and the history of El Salvador: Ingrid's home, the Buffalo Federal Detention Center where Ingrid is being held, different abuses including: labor abuse, the denial of basic health care, language discrimination, as well as LGBTQ+ based discrimination. Moreover we offer means of resistance and the opportunity to help petition to Free Ingrid.
We also display the letters Ingrid has written almost daily, dating as far back as November 2019. Ingrid has included various pieces of artwork with many of letters. You will see much of it sprinkled throughout the site. The emblem below and the site's background were both drawn by Ingrid while held in detention.
Pandemic diary: Letters from Inside ICE
Detention is a particularly egregious punishment on those who have committed no crime. They are fleeing for their lives, and instead of respecting their human rights, the U.S. government locks them up for months and sometimes years, in horrible conditions, and without even the right to an attorney. Ingrid had no idea this was what awaited her when she fled El Salvador.