Gay Immigration Prisoners Allegedly Tortured

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March 21, 2012

"After criticism from the United Nations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is "taking action to investigate" reports that 16 gay and transgender detainees have been tortured in U.S. immigration prisons...

"Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, told Courthouse News in an interview that the abuses are more distressing because the detainees are being held for alleged civil, not criminal, violations...

"'We want to highlight that we felt that these were systemic problems that needed to be addressed by the federal government at an administrative level,' he said...

"He said the federal government should insist that immigration prisons, public and private, must comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)."

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