Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

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For the rest of their lives, these people will think about what they did this week

This is from my weekly e-mail newsletter, in which I vent about how worried I am about COVID-19’s potential to kill a lot of people stuck in ICE’s network of immigrant detention centers.

People are going to die. It is going to be bad. And it’s totally preventable: alternatives to detention programs have good records of keeping people on the outside from slipping through the cracks.

WOLA and other organizations are making a lot of noise. Members of Congress—though no Republicans I’m aware of—are making a lot of noise too. But the top levels at ICE, DHS, and the White House are immovable.

I can’t stop wondering what’s going through the minds of the people directly managing these detention centers right now. Most of them are employees of private corporations like CoreCivic and Geo Group. They’ve got to know what’s about to happen. Many of them were raised to value human life—in their churches, in their upbringings, in their educations.

What are they doing now? If detention centers get hit by a wave of COVID-19 deaths, what will the record show that they were doing—right now, this week—to prevent it? Are they frantically making phone calls, sending e-mails, leaking to reporters, making their CEOs and boards miserable, contacting their local mayors, governors, and congressional representatives?

Email newsletter

My streak of sending out weekly e-mail newsletters now stands at 13. Here’s the latest one. I resolved at the new year to be more regular at these. So that means this horrible year is already 13 weeks old.

You can read it and subscribe there, or just subscribe at the bottom of this very page.

Weekly Update #8 is out

Here’s the latest. A conference announcement and lots of other events in town. A Colombia peace update. Links about what’s been going on with Latin American civil-military relations. Music recommendations, and links to some great writing by others.

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Weekly Update #7 is out

Here’s the latest. It’s got links to three analyses of Colombia I published last week. A conference announcement. Event announcements, music, and links to some great writing by others.

To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the confirmation e-mail in your inbox. I promise never to share your e-mail address with anyone.




Weekly Update #6 Is out

Here’s the latest. It’s ridiculously, epically long, but there is a lot to talk about from last week. A big article about Guatemala. A Colombia peace update. A conference announcement. Video and audio of 2 panel discussions. A snarky piece about coca in Colombia. Links to government reports and some great writing by others. A documentary about Colombia’s human rights defenders. And some of the music I’ve been listening too.

To get these in your e-mail, just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the confirmation e-mail in your inbox. I promise never to share your e-mail address with anyone.




Weekly Update #5 is out

Here’s the latest. Sort of a placeholder between a busy week and one that promises to be even crazier. Two Colombia peace updates, lots of events, news links, and good music. Also, a typo in the first sentence that it’s too late for me to fix now (should be easy to spot).

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Just sent out a weekly update

Here’s the latest. New border/migration data, upcoming events, links to good reading, news, and—of course—music recommendations.

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A new weekly update goes out at noon Eastern

A second weekly update, featuring highlights from this website, goes out at noon to my small but growing list of e-mail subscribers.

This one has loads of links to important things to read from the past month. It also brings together my own writing, about Colombia and the border, during what was an unusually prolific August week. Also, some of the music that’s been pouring into my headphones while I do all of this.

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A weekly update in your email

I’m trying something new: using the Revue service, I’m going to start sending a weekly update featuring highlights from this website.

The one that will go out at 9PM Eastern tonight, for instance, will include my most-recommended Latin America security news links from the past week, links to government reports, a link to last week’s Colombia news update (which is just too long to embed in an email), an overview of US aid to Colombia, my favorite songs of the week, and more.

Just add your name and e-mail here, and look for the confirmation e-mail in your inbox. I promise never to share your e-mail address with anyone.




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