The Otero County Processing Center (Otero) is an infamous immigration prison in Chaparral, New Mexico. Since TCDF was opened in 2008, thousands of asylum seekers have suffered within its walls, surviving inhumane conditions, woefully inadequate medical and mental health care, and rampant due process violations, among other harms.
Otero is the site of horrific acts of medical negligence, including the death of Johana Medina in June 2019 and the force feeding of Ajay Kumar in August 2019.
Otero is run by Management and Training Corporation (MTC), one of the largest for-profit private prison companies in the United States, and operates adjacent to the Otero County Federal Prison, which is also operated by MTC. Otero has the bed space to detain over 1,000 people in immigration custody at any given time.
Otero has long been a site of public scrutiny for its legal and human rights violations, documented through reports from both advocacy organizations and government oversight agencies.
For more detailed documentation about the history of abuse at Otero, please follow the links below:
- Timeline of History of Abuse at Otero
- News about the Otero County Processing Center
- Reports and Complaints about the Otero County Processing Center
Learn more about the harmful histories of the other immigration detention centers in New Mexico: