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Update from New York

November 01, 2019
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

At the ICCR conference this week Sister Ruth Battaglia joined with fellow members of ICCR to hear updates on the work that ICCR and it NGO Allies have been doing over the past year. 

Sister Ruth stated, "It is great to see the number of women, over half, doing this work. And even more exciting is the number young women entering into this work. One woman said she had been in the corporate world, but wanted more meaningful work, something that had an impact for a better world."

In an illustration of the work that has been done, ICCR shared the update below:

ICCR Members and NGO Allies Help Move Seven Banks to End Ties with Private Prisons 

ICCR members and the Families Belong Together Coalition began engaging U.S. banks in 2017 to highlight the human rights risks of lending to the private prison industry, particularly given an increase in government contracts to detain immigrants as part of the current administration’s controversial immigration policies, including family separation.

In all, ICCR members are engaging a total of thirteen banks on their potential contributions to inmate deaths, poor medical care, allegations of detainee physical and sexual abuse, and violence as a result of their financing of private prisons. All of the existing banking partners of private prison leader GEO Group -- including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SunTrust, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bancorp, Barclays, and PNC – have now officially committed to ending ties with the private prison and immigrant detention industry.

The stock price for GEO is now near a historic low, and credit rating agency Fitch cited uncertainty over the possibility that additional banks could sever ties with the sector as the rationale for its downgrade of the company from stable to negative. 

While CSA is not involved in any resolutions with these banks, we have signed on to letters requesting banks disengage from lending to private prisons.

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