Hi, all - I wanted to share this resource the ILF has created to empower legal aid providers with a framework for actions they can take to protect the health & human rights of detainees. We are all in this fight together to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable people!
Given the state of the pandemic, many governments are issuing stay-at-home orders, courts have ceased operations, and the rights of the criminally accused are being suspended. Conditions in prisons are deteriorating; detainees are being deprived of medical care, sanitary conditions, and even food. Already overburdened and overpopulated, detention facilities are becoming even more susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19. And court closures and administrative adjournments of cases will only add to this problem.
Unless legal aid advocates act now to avert this crisis, the lives of many detainees may be lost. There are several things that legal aid organizations can do, so we wanted to share!