Ankle Monitors Weigh on Immigrant Mothers Released From Detention

Added on by Emily Carey Gogolak.

By E. C. GOGOLAK    NOV. 15, 2015

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — On a recent afternoon, Grace, a 33-year-old mother from El Salvador, sat on a bench inside the train station in this Long Island town, crossed her ankle over her knee, carefully rolled up the cuff of her flared jeans and pointed to the black plastic fist-size object strapped to her ankle. A tiny green light flashed, indicating that the device was charged.

“I don’t want anyone to see it,” she said. “People don’t understand. They look at it and think, ‘What did you do?’”

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Reporting for this article was supported in part by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.