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.

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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 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.
Letter from Tatsuya Ichikawa to Loyd H. Jenson (ddr-densho-258-204)
doc Letter from Tatsuya Ichikawa to Loyd H. Jenson (ddr-densho-258-204)
Tatsuya Ichikawa writes to Loyd H. Jensen the Officer in Charge of the Sante Fe Department of Justice Internment Camp. Ichikawa requests to be given temporary parole so he could travel to Minidoka concentration camp to help his family. His two youngest children were hospitalized. A post-it note written by Satoru Ichikawa attached to the letter …
Telegram from Shigeo Fukuhara to Tatuya Ichikawa (ddr-densho-258-205)
doc Telegram from Shigeo Fukuhara to Tatuya Ichikawa (ddr-densho-258-205)
A telegram sent to Tatsuya Ichikawa at Santa Fe Department of Justice Internment Camp from Shigeo Fukuhara at Minidoka Concentration Camp informing Tatsuya that his two youngest children have been hospitalized. Fukuhara informs Ichikawa that telegrams from the Minidoka Health Nurse and Social Service Counselor have been sent to help Ichikawa get temporary parole so he …
In My Parents' Words (ddr-densho-258-208)
doc In My Parents' Words (ddr-densho-258-208)
A booklet to accompany a panel entitled In My Parents' Words: Voices from the Department of Justice Camps at the 2013 Japanese American National Museum National Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Satoru Ichikawa focuses on the separation of his father, a Buddhist priest, from his family for two years during the family's …
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Eijiro Suzuki (ddr-densho-223-62)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Eijiro Suzuki (ddr-densho-223-62)
A letter thanking Henrietta Schoen for her care while Eijiro Suzuki was in the hospital at Santa Fe.
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."
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