Electronic Monitoring of Migrants: Alternative to Detention or Just Another Form of Punitive Custody?

  • Advocacy


This webinar will discuss the dramatic rise in the use of electronic monitoring of migrants, including through ankle monitors and phone app technology. It will ask whether electronic monitoring presents a positive move away from immigration detention for migrants or instead expands government deprivation of liberty by increasing the number of migrants impacted and the length of time they remain in some form of custody. Our panel will also examine the cost and effectiveness of monitoring as a means of fulfilling the purported justification for both detention and monitoring–ensuring that migrants appear for their immigration proceedings. In doing so, the panelists will consider electronic monitoring of migrants carried out by private companies in the context of the “What Works” literature on the management of pre-trial situations. Finally, the webinar will offer migrant perspectives on the experience of living with electronic surveillance and will consider negative consequences of widespread monitoring, including medical and other impacts.



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IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service

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