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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Group photo in Santa Fe (ddr-densho-200-1)
img Group photo in Santa Fe (ddr-densho-200-1)
Extreme right, back row, Shinjiro Morita. Front second left, Kikuzo Uyeminami.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-17)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-17)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's wife and daughter discussing life at Pinedale Assembly Center.
Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-20)
doc Postcard send to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-20)
Correspondence from Rev. K. Iijima updating Kinuta Uno on his family.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-2)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-2)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing gardening and the start date for his trial.
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-16)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-16)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughters regarding daily life.
Buddhist ministers at Sante Fe internment camp (ddr-densho-310-1)
img Buddhist ministers at Sante Fe internment camp (ddr-densho-310-1)
A group photograph of the Buddhist ministers interned at Sante Fe internment camp. Etsuko Osaki's father, Tatsuya Ichikawa, is in the second row, third from the left. Ichikawa was picked up by the FBI in April 1942. He remained separated from his family for two years before they reunited in Crystal City internment camp.
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1013-7-30)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1013-7-30)
Security in a Department of Justice camp: "Santa Fe felt more like a prisoner of war camp"
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1013-7-27)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1013-7-27)
Being sent to the Santa Fe Department of Justice internment camp
Art Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-151-14)
vh Art Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-151-14)
Learning English from a Japanese American Nisei; finding out that Peru didn't want the Japanese Peruvians to return
Gene Akutsu Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-210-7)
vh Gene Akutsu Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-210-7)
Considering moving to the Crystal City Department of Justice camp, Texas
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-112-22)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-112-22)
Joining husband in Crystal City, Texas, a Department of Justice Camp (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
Reading letters to father while he was in a Department of Justice camp
Mako Nakagawa Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-66-13)
vh Mako Nakagawa Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-66-13)
Life in Crystal City: a healthy improvement over Minidoka concentration camp
Mako Nakagawa Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-66-18)
vh Mako Nakagawa Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-66-18)
Meeting German nationals and Japnese Latin Americans at Crystal City
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