The information provided in this map is based on documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union to Department of Homeland Security components, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL), and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The FOIA Request sought all records “containing allegations of sexual abuse of immigration detainees” since January 1, 2007, with “sexual abuse” defined as “rape, sexual assault, sexual contact, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation of any nature.”
The numbers and summaries shown in the map reflect allegations contained in the FOIA documents. Any individual allegation may be unsubstantiated or false.
The information provided in the map, including the allegation numbers, is based upon all allegations shown in the FOIA documents. It is possible that some of the FOIA documents in fact contain allegations that do not fall within the definition of “sexual abuse” as stated in the FOIA Request.
The allegation numbers shown in the map reflect documents received pursuant to the FOIA Request to date. Therefore, the actual number of total allegations, and the number of allegations for a given facility, may be greater than the numbers provided above. On the other hand, in some cases, a single alleged incident may have been the subject of more than one complaint, and/or ICE, OCRCL, and OIG may have each generated documents regarding the same alleged incident or same complaint. For these reasons, some alleged incidents or complaints may be counted more than once in the allegation numbers listed above.