E-NEWS - 2014

You helped protect immigration detainees

The movement to stop sexual abuse in all detention facilities just won a major victory -- and it’s all thanks to you.

This morning, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its national standards to address sexual abuse in immigration detention facilities. The standards mark a huge step forward in the effort to protect the rights of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through DHS facilities every year.

This milestone would not have been possible without your support. In 2012, DHS released draft standards that had several key flaws, most notably inadequate protections for detainees who report sexual abuse. In response, JDI supporters submitted hundreds of public comments demanding meaningful revisions.

Your responses made a difference. As a direct result, the final DHS standards contain much stronger protections for detainees.

However, the final standards are far from perfect. For example, they lack a firm deadline for compliance -- a serious flaw that could leave many thousands of immigration detainees vulnerable to abuse for most of this decade.

Clearly, there is a great deal of work left to be done. JDI will push for the urgent implementation of the standards in DHS facilities. And we know -- and are thankful -- that we can count on your ongoing support in this fight.

Thank you for everything that you’ve done to protect the rights of people in detention!

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