Silent Vigil held in Protest of ICE Detention Facilities

Silent Vigil held in Protest of ICE Detention Facilities Click to Enlarge Photo: Shelly Petters

(KNSI) - The Sherburne County Government Center was one of the many locations to participate in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps on Friday night.

The vigil brought together thousands of people in over 650 locations worldwide to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Lights for Liberty focuses on building awareness of detention facilities and protesting their conditions.

Those participating at the Sherburne County government center and around the world lit candles or used cell phones in a silent vigil for those held in U.S. detention camps.

The Sherburne County Jail is the biggest detention facility for ICE in the Tri-State area and is planning to increase their holding capacity for ICE detanees.

"There was a request from ICE for more beds and Sherburne County is responding to that to increase theirs from 300 to 500 beds," said Nancy Hassett, activist and organizer of the Sherburne County Lights for Liberty.

The Sherburne County government center had over 200 residents participate in the silent vigil to protest the Sherburne County Jail as an ICE detention facility. Hassett plans to continue raising awareness.

"We're gonna just stay the course, we're not going away. So, we're gonna keep on building awareness, we're still going to have our protests, we've been writing letters to the editor. It's built awareness in the area."

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