Prison Rape Elimination Act

Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2003 to address the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in our nation’s detention centers. In 2012, the Department of Justice announced long-awaited rules for complying with the law, representing the first time that the federal government has issued national standards to help end sexual abuse in prisons, jails and youth detention centers. Unfortunately the DOJ rules do not apply to immigration detention facilities. Rather, the Obama administration has tasked the Department of Homeland Security – which has a dismal record of policing its immigration jails and facilities – with making its own rules for complying with PREA.

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Justice for All Victims of Sexual Assault

Justice for All Victims of Sexual Assault

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 12:57pm

Last week, President Obama signed a bill in honor of Kate Puzey, a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer who was murdered while serving in West Africa.

Obama's Words, Our Message: We Must Protect the Vulnerable from Sexual Assault

Obama's Words, Our Message: We Must Protect the Vulnerable from Sexual Assault

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 12:43pm

Tell President Obama and Attorney General Holder to grant detainees in ICE custody legal protections from sexual abuse and assault.

Trauma Compounded: The Plight of LGBT Immigration Detainees

Trauma Compounded: The Plight of LGBT Immigration Detainees

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:00pm

While it is true that physical and sexual abuse is one of the most serious problems for LGBT detainees, it is by no means the only concern facing them.

This Week in Civil Liberties (10/28/11)

This Week in Civil Liberties (10/28/11)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 6:29pm

In which states did ACLU lawsuits put a halt to suspicionless, mandatory drug testing?

Which Senators are working to show that the Patriot Act has a secret interpretation that violates the rights of American citizens?

What can be done…

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

Battling Prison Rape: Immigration Detainees Deserve Protection, Too

By Joanne Lin, Washington Legislative Office at 3:02pm

Excluding immigration detention from prison rape standards that prevent, detect and respond to sexual assault in custody is unjustifiable and unconscionable.

Immigration Detainees Fear Rape and Death

Immigration Detainees Fear Rape and Death

By Lisa Graybill, ACLU of Texas at 5:45pm

Government documents obtained by the ACLU contain nearly 200 allegations of sexual abuse of immigration detainees jailed at detention facilities across the nation.

Immigrants in Detention: Forgotten Victims of Prison Rape

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 4:23pm

Imagine you are arrested — not for committing a crime, but because of your immigration status. You are then taken to an unfamiliar location and locked up in a detention center, far away from your family and friends, to await complicated,…

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