Thursday, August 26, 2010

Human Rights Watch Reports About Sexual Abuse And Harasshment In Detention

Human Rights Watch released a report called Detained and at Risk: Sexual Abuse and Harassment in United States Immigration Detention.

The report describes documented incidents and allegations and abuse then goes on to express concerns that changes ICE is proposing would have limited impact if ICE only changes its standards rather than issuing binding legal regulations.

There has been more interest in this important issue since allegations in May 2010 that a guard employed by a contractor at a federal immigration facility called the T. Don Hutto facility in Texas had sexually assaulted several detainees. The police arrested that guard on August 19, 2010, on suspicion of official oppression and unlawful restraint.

The government should take a strong stance against illegal attacks on people being held under government power in detention centers. Legally binding regulations would be a sensible step considering all the allegations of wrongdoing under the current system, with mere standards.


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