This report provides a vivid picture of how LGBT immigrants are abused in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Sections comprising this publication include: introduction; abuse in immigration detention—details from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showing dangerous conditions for Detained LGBT immigrants, sexual assault, solitary confinement, and inadequate medical care; ICE's attempts to address the needs of LGBT detainees; impact of increased enforcement in pending legislation on LGBT immigrants; seven recommendations for ensuring the safety of LGBT immigrants; and conclusion.
“Protection from sexual abuse in immigration detention is particularly important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals as they are among the most vulnerable to sexual abuse in confinement. DHS [Department of Homeland Security] introduced PREA [Prison Rape Elimination Act] standards in early March to establish a “zero tolerance standard” for rape and to protect immigrants in detention facilities from sexual abuse. These standards are an important step toward protecting immigrants, but further reforms are still needed” (p. 1). Topics addressed include: sexual assault in immigration detention; the Prison Rape Elimination Act; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s PREA standards—zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse, safe placement standards, standards on training and searches, and reporting requirements.