Arbitrary Detention

The Adovcates for Human Rights helps people who have suffered human rights violations in U.S. immigration detention bring complaints to the United Nations.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention investigates instances of arbitary detention and encourages governments to stop abuses. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants also reviews allegations of human rights abuses against immigrants, including abuses while in detention.

If one or more of the following abuse has happened to you or a family member, you can file a complaint:

  • Mandatory detention without review;
  • Prolonged detention beyond your sentence or after being ordered deported from the U.S.;
  • Use of ICE detainers to hold immigrants after they have served criminal sentences;
  • Detention of minors;
  • Use of solitary confinement or non-disciplinary segregation;
  • Physical assault, abuse or exposure to extreme heat or cold;
  • Sexual assault or abuse;
  • Denial of medication, medical care or received poor care;
  • Denial of access to legal documents;
  • Denial of access to adequate hygiene, proper bedding or clothing; or
  • Denial of access to proper nutrition, exercise or fresh air.

File a Complaint
Call The Advocates for Human Rights' client intake line at 612-341-9845. Someone will contact you to complete the questionnaire.

Once the Working Group receives the information provided in your complaint, it will decide on one of the following:

  • There is no case of arbitrary detention or related violation,
  • More information is required; or 
  • An arbitrary deprivation of liberty has been demonstrated.

If the Working Group determines an arbitrary detention of liberty has occurred, it will begin communicating with the United States government and provide recommendations regarding your detention and encourage the government to improve or correct your situation.