GAO to Investigate Sexual Abuse at Immigration Detention Centers
Follow @GretchenMargFebruary 3, 2012, 11:34 am ET
The Government Accountability Office [GAO] recently announced it will look into the problem of sexual abuse at immigration detention centers across the United States. This comes as the Obama administration is debating whether to include these facilities in new regulations covered under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA.
Lost in Detention examined complaints of sexual abuse at the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas, and our reporting, in conjunction with documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, found that illegal immigrants held in immigration detention facilities across the U.S. filed more than 170 allegations of sexual abuse over the last four years.
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