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 (170)

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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Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-274-20)
vh Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-274-20)
Receiving a hearing while in Bismarck

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Tom Akashi Interview Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-164-51)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-164-51)
Many years later, piecing together father's wartime experiences in a Department of Justice internment camp
doc "Internment Camp Hospital; Santa Fe, New Mexico. February 21, 1945" (ddr-densho-223-52)
Numbered drawing of people in group photo with list of names. No corresponding photo found in the collection.
Santa Fe internees (ddr-densho-123-2)
img Santa Fe internees (ddr-densho-123-2)
First row, fourth from left is Mr. Mamizuka of Seattle, Washington.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
Selected article titles: "Units of Two Centers to Close by Oct." (p. 1), "400 Arrive at Santa Fe Camp" (p. 1), "13,652 Relocate in Dec. 31-June 16 Period" (p. 2), and "Boxing Show Features Double Main Event" (p. 6).
Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-26)
doc Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-26)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter about their arrival at Pinedale Assembly Center.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing life on the farm and going to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center.
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