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Here’s How Miguel Is Going To Bring Attention To The Treatment Of People In Immigration Detention Centers

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R&B singer Miguel will perform in Adelanto, Calif. today as part of the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour, a series of concerts that aim to bring attention to the treatment of immigrants being held in detention centers across the country. According to Californians for Safety and Justice, the group behind the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour, there have been 22 prisons built since the 1980s in California, as opposed to one university during the same time. Californians for Safety and Justice want Californians to activate for more investment in schools and less investment in for-profit prisons. Adelanto Detention Center, which is owned by private prison corporation GEO Group, has been faced with several lawsuits. They were accused of breaking anti-slavery laws by pushing inmates into forced labor and breaking federal law by donating to the Trump administration as a governmental contractor.

“I was held for a very long time, almost ten years, and I can tell you this: these ‘detention centers,’ as they call them, they’re prisons without a doubt,” said Sylvester Owino, who was incarcerated for more than nine years and is speaking at Friday’s night’s event, says in a press release. “I came to the U.S. from Kenya, where I was afraid for my life. These prisons are profiting off of people like me, holding them for years for no good reason. We have to end it.”

The event is free to attend and will include performances by Los Rakas, Ceci Bastida, and Buyepongo. Comedian and actor Cristela Alonzo will be the emcee for the event. People who were formerly incarcerated at the Adelanto Detention Center will also be in attendance to speak to the audience.

“It’s important now, more than ever, for us to recognize humanity in one another,” Miguel said in a press release. “I’m just hoping to help educate myself on the realities of our immigration policy and also shed whatever light I can on the families dealing with cruel and unjust treatment in Adelanto.”


READ: A Group Of Immigrant Detainees Have Filed A Lawsuit Alleging They Were Victims Of Forced Labor

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Sofia Niño De Rivera Does Stand-Up In Spanish And Is Now Teaching It To Women In Prison

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Sofia Niño De Rivera Does Stand-Up In Spanish And Is Now Teaching It To Women In Prison

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Sofia Niño De Rivera is a stand-up comedian whose name may not sound familiar. But the 35-year-old Mexican comedian has her own Netflix special, and has even appeared on U.S. late night television. You can see her in the video above clip from “Conan” when Conan O’Brien visited Mexico back in March.

Now, Rivera is turning the microphone on criminals to teach them comedy. Behind bars in Santa Martha Acatitla penitentiary, female inmates experience all the pitfalls of prison: fear, depression, aggression, and restlessness. As a way to help prisoners with their mental health, Rivera set up 10 stand-up comedy workshops. Inmates perform on stage and use laughter to heal. “Stand-up is a really cathartic psychological tool. It has helped me a lot in my life,” Rivera said in an interview with BBC. “Women in prison don’t have a lot of tools to help them handle emotional issues, I think stand-up is something that can help them.”

Women only make up 5% of the prison population in Mexico City, which means they usually get fewer services and care. They get fewer visits from family members, many of whom abandon their incarcerated relatives, according to BBC. Rivera works with the Reinserta Foundation, a non-profit started by her cousin Saskia Niño de Rivera, to help advocate for imprisoned women. Officials at the prison say that the workshops have helped ease tension and are even planning on expanding the program, possibly to men’s prisons as well.

Check out the trailer for Rivera’s Netflix special below.

[H/T] BBC

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