Santos Garcia et al v. Wolf et al
Detained Immigrants Sue ICA-Farmville for COVID-19 Response as Over 80% of Facility Tests Positive
COVID-19 is running rampant across ICA-Farmville, a private detention facility in Farmville, VA, with over 80% of the detained population testing positive. This suit is filed on behalf of four people who are detained by ICE in ICA-Farmville, who are being denied their right to safety, medical care, and adequate food while detained. NIPNLG filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia along with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the Legal Aid Justice Center.
UPDATE: September 4, 2020
Plaintiffs filed the inspection report of their health expert, Dr. Homer Venters, who inspected Farmville Detention Center on August 20. The report details numerous deficiencies in the facility’s COVID-19 response.
UPDATE: August 11, 2020
Judge Brinkema ordered ICE to stop all transfers into Farmville, and ordered the facility to allow plaintiffs and their expert to get access to the results of a CDC inspection the facility is currently undergoing.
UPDATE: August 7, 2020
We mourn the loss of James Hill, a 72-year-old man who died of COVID-19 after contracting the disease while detained at the Farmville detention center, operated by the private prison company Immigration Centers of America (ICA). Download the entire statement here or below.