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 in October 2012, and its units are offered as rentals by a realtor known for turning single-room occupancy hotels into upscale high-rises.
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.
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.