Department of Justice camps

More than 5,500 Japanese immigrants (Issei) were arrested by the FBI following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most were sent first to temporary Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention stations and then transferred to Department of Justice (DOJ) internment camps, where they waited to appear before the Alien Enemy Hearing Board. These hearings determined whether the Issei would remain in the internment camps or be "released" to the War Relocation Authority (WRA) concentration camps. After the hearings, most of the Issei were sent to U.S. Army internment camps. The U.S. Army, charged with detaining military prisoners of war (POWs), then returned the Issei internees to DOJ control. The DOJ camps also interned Italian and German nationals and Japanese Latin Americans. Most of the DOJ internment camps held only men who had been separated from their families, but three camps housed single women and families. The camps were run by the INS, part of the Department of Justice.

Department of Justice camps (178)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Crystal City (detention facility), Fort Lincoln (Bismarck) (detention facility), Fort Missoula (detention facility), Fort Stanton (detention facility), J. Edgar Hoover, Kenedy (detention facility), Kooskia (detention facility), Old Raton (detention facility), Santa Fe (detention facility), Seagoville (detention facility), Sites of incarceration

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Letter from an Issei man to his wife (ddr-densho-166-12)
doc Letter from an Issei man to his wife (ddr-densho-166-12)
This letter was sent from Kunizo Mayeno in the Lordsburg internment camp, New Mexico, to his wife Masaye at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Parole order (ddr-densho-314-8)
doc Parole order (ddr-densho-314-8)
On the back of the document, there is a stamp from The National Archives stating that this document came from Record Group No. 210.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-4)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-4)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing, school, paperwork and the imminent mass removal of the Japanese American community from Washington.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-6)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing daily life, mass removal to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center asking about life at Fort Missoula, and requesting more letters from him.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-7)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-7)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter requesting power of attorney to sell their belongings before being removed.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-8)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing plans for their removal and how they had to quit school after being banned from going into the city limits.
Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-274-23)
vh Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-274-23)
Interacting with German prisoners of war

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Joe Yasutake Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-136-2)
vh Joe Yasutake Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-136-2)
Life in Crystal City internment camp, Texas: living quarters, shared facilities

Joseph Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, William Toshio Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was also interviewed individually on October 9, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct ...

Joe Yasutake Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-136-1)
vh Joe Yasutake Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-136-1)
Memories of Crystal City internment camp, Texas: "I feel like I'm goin' to a prison."

Joseph Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, William Toshio Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was also interviewed individually on October 9, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake ...

Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-154-26)
vh Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-154-26)
Conditions in Bismarck internment camp: meeting people from other countries, swimming in a heated pool
Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-274-19)
vh Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-274-19)
First impressions of Bismarck

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

An Oral History with Reverend Seytsu Takahashi (ddr-csujad-29-58)
vh An Oral History with Reverend Seytsu Takahashi (ddr-csujad-29-58)
Issei Buddhist bishop and superintendent of Kayasan Temple in Little Tokyo since 1931 recounts his wartime experiences and internment at Fort Missoula, Montana; Livingstone, Louisiana; and Crystal City, Texas. Transcribed in both Japanese and English. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Transcript is found in ...
An Oral History with Mitsuhiko H. Shimizu (ddr-csujad-29-57)
vh An Oral History with Mitsuhiko H. Shimizu (ddr-csujad-29-57)
Issei community leader and businessman in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo recounts his arrest by Federal Bureau of Investigation after Pearl Harbor, his experiences in internment camps in North Dakota and Louisiana, and the Manzanar incarceration camp, California. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, CSU Fullerton. Transcript ...
Letter from John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, to Dillon S. Myer (ddr-densho-67-22)
doc Letter from John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, to Dillon S. Myer (ddr-densho-67-22)
Letter from John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, to Dillon S. Myer, Director of the War Relocation Authority, regarding transfer of family members to join issei in Department of Justice internment camps. McCloy wary of such transfers, as he believes they would subject Nisei to "issei contamination." Favors instead paroling Issei out of internment camps ...
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