Members of Congress Urge Investigation into Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers
Follow @GretchenMargJanuary 10, 2012, 2:01 pm ET
Citing our October film Lost in Detention, 30 members of Congress are pressing the Government Accountability Office to look into the issue of sexual abuse at immigration detention centers:
Our film 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.
“Given that sexual violence is often underreported, as victims are afraid to come forward with their claims, this figure likely understates the severity of the problem,” the members of Congress wrote in a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.
Watch Lost in Detention here, and read the congressional letter below.
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