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-324-8)
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.
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.
Men in casual clothing posing with Henrietta Schoen, signed on reverse (ddr-densho-223-51)
img Men in casual clothing posing with Henrietta Schoen, signed on reverse (ddr-densho-223-51)
Caption on reverse: "To Miss. H. Schoen; Yasukichi Yasumura; Toyokichi Okumura; Yasabiro Saiki; Tatsuo Nakaji; Seiyo Yuki; Mantaro Ninomiya; [illegible]; Seijuburo M[?]; Genko Saigusa; Shigeichi Nakamora; Shijiro K[?]; Tom [illegible]; Masatana Mitani; Nakomura Chohochiro; Dr. S Furugachi; Rev. D. Tana; Noboji Tokushiro; [illegible]; Keizo Wadu; Hiroshi Suzoki; Gensaku Koizumi; K. Sakagami; Jamie [illegible]; Kanekichi Takido."
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Takeshi Ban (ddr-densho-223-58)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Takeshi Ban (ddr-densho-223-58)
A letter thanking Henrietta Schoen for her kindness while Takeshi Ban was at Sante Fe.
Letter to Miss Schoen from Harry K. Oye (ddr-densho-223-60)
doc Letter to Miss Schoen from Harry K. Oye (ddr-densho-223-60)
A letter thanking Henrietta Schoen for her care of Harry K. Oye during his time at Sante Fe and informing her of his new life at Poston. Includes a clipping of a Bible verse, Matthew 5, 44 in German.
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Takuyo Togawa (ddr-densho-223-59)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Takuyo Togawa (ddr-densho-223-59)
A letter from the wife of a medical staffer at Sante Fe thanking Henrietta Schoen for her correspondence.
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