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Name: Patrick not (Jefferson's Ghost 3, 5/7 etc))
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Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Home country: USA
Current location: New Mexico
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Working to keep NM a solid Blue State

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At a refugee detention camp,"Women and children 'endure rape, beatings and abuse"

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp
The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France

Corroborating accounts from volunteers, medics, refugees and other officials reveal that sexual abuse is common within the large camp at Dunkirk and that children and women are forced to have sex by traffickers in return for blankets or food or the offer of passage to the UK.

One of the most in-demand products distributed to women in Camp de la Linière – the Dunkirk Camp – are adult nappies. “Women are too scared to go to the toilets in the night. None of the locks in the women’s toilets in the camp work,” she said.

The volunteer also recounted several incidents where minors had been attacked: “A 12-year-old girl was groomed in the camp by a man well over twice her age. When she no longer wanted to speak with him because his behaviour towards her had become so obscene, he threatened her. A 13-year-old boy ended up returning to his home country having been raped in the camp.”

AP: Texas detention camp for teen migrants keeps growing

In June, as detention centers for migrant children overflowed, Scott Lloyd, director of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, signed a memo granting a waiver to staff up Tornillo without the required child abuse and neglect checks, which flag any potential employee who has a record of hurting a child.

Jeffrey Harp, a retired FBI assistant special agent in charge, told the AP that FBI fingerprint background checks can be completed in a few minutes and reveal much more information about job candidates than checks that simply run a person’s name against criminal history databases.

“How do you know the person is who they say they are unless you do a fingerprint check? They can’t lie about their fingerprints, but they can lie about their name or take on someone else’s identity who has a crystal clean record,” Harp said.

The tent city in Tornillo told stories, both local and global: In a sense, it reflected the marginalization of the border town in which it was briefly located... This complex of incarcerated children became perhaps the clearest physical expression of the cruelty and chaos of the Trump-era response to southern migration.


Trump Administration to Nearly Double Size of Detention Center for Migrant Teenagers

The Office of Inspector General in November criticized the facility’s failure to conduct F.B.I. fingerprint background checks on staff, and also said it had too few staff members to provide sufficient mental health care.

“It’s a shell game of moving kids from one facility to another,” Mr. Merkley said in a telephone interview.

“Homestead has the same maladies that Tornillo suffered from,” said Holly Cooper, a co-director of the immigration law clinic at the University of California at Davis.
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 05:02 PM (8 replies)

In memory of Andy Warhol and a unique interview w/ Rod Serling:

Check out this unique Rod Serling interview w/ music!!!!

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Thu Feb 21, 2019, 05:26 AM (6 replies)

please save my dog

Firefighter, save my dog: Thursday was the last day for legislators to introduce bills for this 60-day session. Some 100 additional bills - including Roxy's Law - were introduced in the House of Representatives before the deadline.

One of them, House Bill 598, is intended to give first responders the right to provide emergency care to dogs and cats.

Officers charge Chimayó man in case that prompted ‘Roxy’s Law’ bill

Feb 14, 2019 | 2019 Legislative Session, Ban Traps on Public Lands, Dog, HB 366, Illegal Trapping, NM Department of Game and Fish, Public Lands, Roxy's Law, Trapping on Public Lands

State Game and Fish Department officers have charged a Chimayó man with more than 30 criminal counts in connection with illegal trapping — a case spurred by an investigation into how an Española man’s dog had been killed by an illegal snare trap at Santa Cruz Lake....

Indiscriminate traps kill, injure endangered Mexican wolves, impeding recovery

Four endangered Mexican wolves caught in traps in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Defenders of Wildlife has learned that four more Mexican gray wolves were trapped in New Mexico on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service over the last two months. The four endangered wolves included a breeding-age female that died and a male that was taken into captivity only to have his injured leg amputated. These two wolves are from the Prieto Pack.

According to USFWS information, at least 42 Mexican gray wolves have been caught in traps since 2003, just four in Arizona and the remainder all in New Mexico. At last count in January 2017, [ONLY] 114 Mexican gray wolves roamed the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. Those wolves are the result of a reintroduction program that began in 1998 with the releases of family groups of well-bonded male and female pairs and their pups.

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 11:26 AM (6 replies)
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