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GSN Magazine June 2016 Digital Edition

Federal court orders

Federal court orders release of evidence blocked by Customs and Border Patrol of deplorable conditions in Tuscon detention facilities WASHINGTON D.C., June 27, 2016 – Today, a federal district court unsealed some of the photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol detention facilities in the agency’s Tucson Sector. The court also allowed the Arizona Republic newspaper to intervene in the case to argue for the release of the documents. The initial evidence released today is only a portion of the evidence submitted in support of a motion for preliminary injunction filed in December, with the government fighting the release of additional evidence remaining under seal. The injunction is based on compelling evidence of inhumane conditions in Tucson facilities—much of which was disclosed after the Court sanctioned Border Patrol for destroying video recordings from these facilities and failing to turn over other relevant documentation. “Border Patrol’s treatment of men, women and children in its custody is simply inexcusable and their lack of transparency shows their desire to avoid any public oversight or accountability,” said Mary Kenney, senior staff attorney for the American Immigration Council. “Every step the Government has taken in response to this lawsuit has been designed to delay this suit and hide the conditions present at these facilities,” said Louise Stoupe of Morrison & Foerster. “The Government should be using the resources 4 they are wasting in court to provide basic human necessities to those in its custody.” “Migrants detained in the Tucson sector have long suffered horrific conditions,” said Dan Pochoda, senior counsel for the ACLU of Arizona. “The Border Patrol continues to resist public transparency to en- More on page 42

Hikvision honors children of first responders with ESA Youth Scholarship CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – June 6, 2016 – Hikvision® USA, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning CCTV and IP video surveillance products, is a proud supporter of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) Youth Scholarship. With co-contributors DMP and Monitronics, Hikvision is making it possible for ESA to provide college scholarships to two recent high school graduates whose parents are first responders. Since its creation in 1996, the ESA Youth Scholarship Program has awarded $621,500 in scholarship funds to children of police officers and firefighters. ESA, its affiliated chartered chapters, and sponsoring companies within the security industry make these scholarships possible and help young people achieve their goals of higher education. “The police officers and firefight- 5 ers that protect and serve our communities are true heroes and deserve our unwavering gratitude,” said ESA President Marshall Marinace. “These men and women put their lives on the line every day, and ESA on behalf of the electronic security industry is pleased to support these incredible families. Awarding scholarships to the first responders’ impressive children is one of the ways we can thank our deserving public safety partners and do our part to make their lives just a little easier.” Applicants were asked to write essays explaining what it meant to them to have their parent involved in securing the community. This year’s first-place winner was Katherine Waugh of Joel Barlow High School in Easton, CT. Her father, Steven Waugh, is chief at Easton Volunteer Fire Company #1 and was on the front line when Hurricane Sandy struck Connecticut. The secondplace winner, Trevor Carney, recently graduated from Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. His father, Patrick Carney, is a member of the Rochester Police Department. Both winners will be recognized at the Public Safety Luncheon at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Fort Worth, TX on June 9. “Hikvision recognizes the invaluable contributions of first responders in keeping all of us safe,” com- More on page 43