ICE on Trial: First Hearing this Tuesday
Detained Immigrant to Bring Chicago ICE Office, Local Detention Center, to Trial
In the federal lawsuit, which will begin hearings tomorrow, Chicago resident Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez and his attorneys will present evidence that he has been the victim of unnecessary violence and retaliation in the hands of the Chicago immigration office and officers at the detention center.
- WHAT: Rally in support of Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez and his partner Celene Adame and the first hearing in Wilmer’s federal lawsuit. Click here to read the lawsuit. The hearing will focus on the treatment that Mr. Catalan-Ramirez has received by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Chicago as well as those in charge of supervising the McHenry County detention center, including McHenry County, and the health company that provides care for those detained at the detention center, Correct Care Solutions. Amongst the examples of mistreatment is the use of unnecessary shackles while transporting him to receive medical care and attend court proceedings.
- WHEN: Tuesday, May 09, 2017, 12:30 PM (Court begins at 1:00 pm) (Facebook invite)
- WHERE: 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois (Outside federal courthouse)
- WHY: On March 27, 2017, ICE agents raided Mr. Catalan-Ramirez’ home while he was recovering from a multiple gunshot wound injury that resulted in a fractured right skull and right shoulder, a traumatic brain injury, and partial paralysis on his left side. During the raid, several ICE agents slammed Mr. Catalan-Ramirez on the ground and fractured his left shoulder, despite his pleas of pain and repeated notifications of his shooting-related injuries.
Until today, Mr. Catalan-Ramirez has not been provided adequate rehabilitative services and medical care while in ICE custody at McHenry County Jail. As a result, Mr. Catalan-Ramirez is experiencing a number of medical issues including but not limited to extreme pain in his left shoulder and arm, and losing range of motion on the left side of his body. It has been more than 1 month since his detention, and these urgent medical issues have yet to be addressed.
Mr. Catalan-Ramirez spends most of the day isolated in his cell due to the pain and his inability to safely walk without his left-side ankle brace and proper sneaker footwear. He has also been the victim of retaliation by guards, who have threatened to punish Mr. Catalan-Ramirez for asking others to help him get dressed and eat. Security staff insists on shackling Mr. Catalan-Ramirez during transportation—despite the fact that he poses no safety risk and the shackling exacerbates the pain from his injuries.
The federal hearing will provide evidence to these allegations, which specifically name the Chicago ICE Field Office, Chicago ICE director Ricardo Wong, McHenry County, and others.
There will also be a community event (in Spanish) on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at La Catrina Cafe (1011 W. 18th Street), explaining how the City of Chicago shared information about Wilmer Catalan Ramirez with immigration and customs enforcement, causing his detention.
Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that organizes against the deportation and criminalization of Black, Brown and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas (organizedcommunities.org)
Founded in 1985, the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States (law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/macarthur)
Mijente is a national political home for Latinx and Chicanx grassroots organizing that comes out of the Not One More Deportation Campaign (www.mijente.net)
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) is a national non-profit organization that provides legal support to community-based immigrant organizations, legal practitioners, and all advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens (www.nationalimmigrationproject.org )