ACLU Study Reveals Almost 200 Allegations Of Sexual Abuse Of Immigration Detainees, Three Cases At Santa Ana City Jail

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A recent American Civil Liberties Union report shows that sexual abuse of people in immigration detention facilities is a widespread, and likely underreported, issue in the U.S.
 
Through Freedom of Information Act requests, the ACLU learned of almost 200 cases of alleged sexual abuse in 22 different states since 2007. Only three states, however, had 16 or more allegations, and California was one of them. Although Texas topped the list with 56 allegations, California was next with 17 and Arizona had 16.

And, of the immigration detention centers in California, the Santa Ana City Jail has the second highest incidence of allegations at three. The Otay Detention Facility tops the list with four allegations.

If you click on each individual state on the ACLU's map, there's a break down of the allegations at each facility. Last year at the Santa Ana City Jail, for example, someone was allegedly  inappropriately strip-searched and then not allowed personal hygiene items at the Santa Ana facility.

As a result of their study, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of three women who were sexually assaulted at a detention center in Taylor, Texas. For more details on the women, who came to the U.S. to flee sexual assault, and the man who assaulted them, check out the ACLU's press release.

In a written statement, Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency has zero tolerance for abuse, adding that they investigate all allegations and take "appropriate actions."

Mark Whitburn, an ACLU lawyer in Texas, says he fears the 185 complaints they found are "just the tip of the iceberg." Language barriers, a fear of being sent back to their home countries and a lack of knowledge of their rights make immigration detainees an especially vulnerable population, Whitburn says.

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malasangre
malasangre

predators are drawn to police work.  they then have access to previously distresses/damaged victims, and as detainees thought to be powerless. some judges seem to be trying to rein them  in.  guess they don't want to get drug out to the courthouse square with the blue meanies.

DubV
DubV

And the Hilarious Haters strike again! This is an article about Sexual Abuses within the Immigration detention system.  If you believe in the system then the feeling should be outrage at how human beings are being dehumanized but clearly racism and xenophobia continue behind the Orange Curtain- especially for those that continue to hide in anonymity; especially you Guest.

Alva
Alva

The key word here is "allegations".  Until proven in a court of law, these "cases" don't amount to a hill of beans.

And the ACLU is a partisan organization.  They have an agenda and it's not in our best interest.

How many sexual assaults occur in Mexican immigrant detention facilities.  The civil libertarians could be bothered to find out.

malasangre
malasangre

thats not what the American Nazi Party said when the ACLU defended them in Skokie Illinois..   there that should make you feel better

Jose Avalos
Jose Avalos

allegations!!!! bitch,fuck-you  fucken ''stuck up chavala''

DubV
DubV

The ACLU fights for 1st Amendment Rights; if that's not in your best interest why don't you have a public declaration of your Civil Liberties as defined in the Bill of Rights.  Just like you claim innocence for immigration agents until proven guilty- who are you to arbitrate who can claim residency or not within the United States?  The U.S. actually set the agenda for many agencies within Mexico when NAFTA was signed into effect.  Just like the foreign policy during Reagan's dirty wars in Central America.  Every corporate interest is owned by U.S. companies and multinational entities.  

Robert
Robert

Any pics of the girls?

malasangre
malasangre

i doubt the piggies really care.  yeah they get off  while muttering the usual rapist humiliations most likely maybe a few slaps and punches to show who's boss.yea they probably got pics. being a jail there might be video that everybody got to watch happenin' live.

DubV
DubV

You're disgusting

MorningRush
MorningRush

Once again the ACLU (American CRIMINAL Liberties UNION) is backing the felons and illegals!Hey - don't come to this country and this won't happen to you! Then again, I'm sure the Mexi police are even worse - so don't complain!

malasangre
malasangre

Hey, the ACLU is the preferred representation of The American Nazi Party.  If it weren't for them we would have never got the permit (we were too afraid to use sure, but still) to march through that Jew haven Skokie Ill.  We are not felons or illegals (well most of us) now quit picking on our boys moron

Jose Avalos
Jose Avalos

talking shitt on my gente bitch, the ''ACUL'' is just telling  the truth  this ain't nothing new  and what if something like this were to happen to someone of your family. I'm shure you would'nt like it  SO FUCK OFF FUCKIN ASSHOLE!!!

DubV
DubV

The Mexican police are actually heavily involved in stopping the flow of cash and drugs to the world's undisputed consumer of narcotics- the United States!!! Sponsored by Republicans for Border Control!

Briansays
Briansays

aclu studywhat do you expect??trolling for law suitspimpimping for legal fees

DubV
DubV

Sure Brian, whatever you say! 

a mexican
a mexican

shut up you fuckin morons if they were here legally or illegaly it dosent matter. nobody should have to go through been sexually abused.

mitch young
mitch young

You are right. At the same time, under 250 'allegations' in 3-4 years, when we are talking about probably a million = detainees, is hardly 'rampant'. 

DubV
DubV

The fact that there are so many allegations will lead to investigation.  Smokes usually equals fire.

Guest
Guest

Let's think about this one.....if they weren't here illegally in the first place.....

Marial
Marial

Oh well..tuff shit!

DubV
DubV

It's actually tough not tuff.  

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