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Asylum Seekers Detention

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From: Equal Justice Project

Kia ora Department of Corrections,

We are emailing on behalf of the Equal Justice Project’s Asylum Seeker Advocacy group.

We would like to request information regarding the detention of asylum seekers under the Official Information Act 1982. In particular, we would like to know:

1. The number of asylum seekers currently being held in prison;

2. The average length of time these asylum seekers have been held in prison;

3. The support mechanisms in place for asylum seekers during their detention in prison;

4. The particular support systems for asylum seekers who are members of the LGBTQIA+ group;

5. The number of asylum seekers currently being held in detention (not living in the community freely); and

6. The average length of time asylum seekers have been held in detention (and where they are located).

We thank you in advance for your time.

Noho ora mai,

Equal Justice Project: Advocacy (Asylum Seeker Team)

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Department of Corrections

Hello,

 

Thank you for contacting the Department of Corrections; this is an
automatic reply to confirm we have received your email – please do not
reply to this email.

 

Please note we are currently operating on a limited capacity and your
email might not be responded to immediately.

 

If your query is about Corrections’ response to COVID-19, including
visiting prisons or our management of prisoners and offenders in the
community, please check our FAQs using the link below:

[1]https://www.corrections.govt.nz/news/lat...

 

If you wish to get in touch with a prisoner, note that each prison has an
email address you can write to:
[2]https://www.corrections.govt.nz/working_...

 

If you wish to contact the prison directly, please refer to the contact
details on our website:

[3]https://www.corrections.govt.nz/about_us...

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days.

 

Be assured we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

If you are a friend or family member of someone in prison, you can find
some useful information [4]here.

 

If you are requesting information we are required to comply with the
Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Victims Rights
Act 2002. This may include seeking consent from the prisoner to release
their information to you.

 

If you are a victim, you will find information about the Victim
Notification Register on our website [5]here.

 

If you are emailing regarding a media query, please contact
[6][email address]

 

Our website, [7]https://www.corrections.govt.nz/ provides up to date news
and information about our work, you can also follow us on [8]Facebook and
[9]Twitter.

 

Kind regards,

The Ministerial Services Team

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From: Info@Corrections
Department of Corrections

Hello

Thank you for your email of 17 September 2020 requesting various information relating to asylum seekers.

Please be advised your request has been received, and will be considered under the Official Information Act 1982.

Regards,

Ministerial Services
Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa
a: National Office, Freyberg Building, 20 Aitken Street, Wellington, 6011

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