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Report documents human rights violations at the Atlanta Detention Center

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A metro Atlanta non-profit has released a scathing report about the Atlanta Detention Center. The 106-page report documents multiple human rights violations.

Priyanka Bhatt is with non-profit Project South. The organization says they habe been investigating conditions and treatment inside the Atlanta City Detention Center.

“We interviewed 38 detained immigrants, immigration attorneys, and we toured the facility over the last year, and what we found were really awful human rights violations," said Bhatt.

And much of the concerns are documented in a report, which details issues like lack of medical and mental health care. 

"There are detained immigrants that tell us they will put in a request to see a doctor over and over and still not see anyone for up to a month,“ said Bhatt.

And that's just the beginning.

“We’ve had people tell us they didn’t receive necessary medication. One man with HIV told us they did not have the medication for a month,” said Bhatt.

But, Johnitha McNair an auditor at the Department of Justice who recently completed an evaluation at the facility and says the allegations paint a completely different story of the detention center.  "I have never seen anything that might indicated that an inmate has not received the health care that is required to keep him or her safe".

 McNair says ACDC is accredited by the American Correctional Association and is 100 percent compliant on both the mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

"I have a required set of standards that I must assess and ensure that there are no human rights violations," said McNair.

The ACDC also earned a perfect score of 100 on its Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Inspection and meets detention facility standards for ICE detainees.

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