Lack of Accountability in U.S Immigration Detention
July 30, 2009 -
Troubling new reports and a poor decision by the Administration this past week highlight
the extreme risk for sexual abuse facing immigration detainees. Sexual assault in
detention tends to occur in settings with inadequate management and little accountability.
Unfortunately, recent investigations by the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights(IACHR) and the
National Immigration Law Center depict U.S.immigration detention as
just that: poorly managed and lacking in oversight. Federal immigration detainees
are kept in hundreds of contracted facilities across the country -- including county
jails and private prisons -- yet there are no legally enforceable standards for
the treatment of these detainees. Sadly, the Obama Administration recently
rejected the idea of formalizing current immigration detention guidelines into binding
federal regulations. This decision goes against what JDI and other human
rights groups, including the IACHR, have recommended, and it blatantly contradicts
President Obama's early statements about the importance of transparency and accountability.
To learn more, please see JDI's fact-sheet
Sexual Abuse In U.S. Immigration Detention.