For many, the evictions were the final act in a drama that had been playing out for more than a year. Astor House was sold to a new owner in October 2012, and its units are now offered as rentals by BJB Properties, a North Side realtor known for turning single-room occupancy hotels into upscale high-rises.
Though divestment has become synonymous with South Africa, it didn't end there. Activists around the world are using it to hit private prison companies or national governments where it hurts most – in their pockets.
Many immigrants who are deported or detained while trying to cross the U.S. border illegally are abused or reported having their belongings taken from them while in custody, according to two reports from the Immigration Policy Center.