Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Deadline Extended: Wednesday, Dec 13th COB
Endorsed by: Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch Network, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Migrant Rights Collective
Current Co-signers (46): Reps. Adriano Espaillat, James P. McGovern, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Darren Soto, Juan Vargas, Brenda L. Lawrence, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Eleanor Holmes Norton, Yvette D. Clarke, J. Luis
Please join me in signing a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging them to address sexual abuse in US detention facilities.
The 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act established a bipartisan National Prison Rape Elimination Commission that was charged with making recommendations to improve detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of sexual assault in prisons. Among other concerning
This letter urges the leadership at the DHS and DOJ’s Office of Inspector Generals to appoint special committees of investigators to inspect complaints of sexual abuse in detention facilities, make data on sexual abuse in DHS facilities public, and asks
The full text of the letter is below. If you have questions or would like to sign on to this letter, please contact Yesenia Chavez in my office at
Raúl M. Grijalva Judy Chu
Member of Congress Member of Congress
December XX, 2017
Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary Thomas D. Homan, Acting Director
Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
245 Murray Lane SW 500 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20528 Washington, D.C. 20536
Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General John V. Kelly, Acting Inspector General
Department of Justice Department of Homeland Security
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 245 Murray Lane SW
Suite 4706 Washington, D.C. 20528
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Dear Acting Secretary Nielsen, Acting Director Homan, Inspector General Horowitz, and Acting Inspector General Kelly:
We write to express our deep concerns about the prevalence of reports of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment in U.S. immigration detention facilities, the lack of adequate government investigation into these reports, and the government’s refusal to disclose
We appreciate significant efforts taken by DHS to address sexual assault in immigration detention including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s “Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention” directive
Despite this zero tolerance policy, the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security received a total of 33,126 complaints of sexual and/or physical abuse against DHS component agencies between January 2010 and July 2016, according
More complaints were submitted against ICE than any other DHS component agency. Of the total number of complaints, 44.4% (or 14,693 complaints) were lodged against ICE. The agency that is the subject of the second-most complaints is U.S. Customs and Border
The DHS-OIG received at least 1,016 reports of sexual abuse or assault filed by people in immigration detention between May 28, 2014, and July 12, 2016. The DHS-OIG only investigated 24 of these complaints.
The following cases included in CIVIC’s complaint represent troubling and serious concerns regarding violations of PREA and ineffective investigations of complaints:
Despite these troubling statistics, ICE recently asked the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) to approve its timetable for retaining or destroying records related to its detention operations. Specifically, ICE has asked for permission to
Given numerous troubling reports of sexual abuse in immigration detention from civil and human rights organizations for years, we request that you do the following:
We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to a response. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva Congresswoman Judy Chu
 Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), “Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Harassment in U.S. Immigration Detention Facilities Complaint” April 11, 2017.
 Vasquez, Tina. “Texas Detention Center Faces Allegations of Widespread Sexual Abuse—Again (Updated).” ReWire, 22 Nov. 2017, rewire.news/article/2017/11/22/texas-detention-center-faces-allegations-widespread-sexual-abuse-again/.
 ICE. “Policy No. 11062.2. Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention.” 2014.
 OIG did undertake 570 total investigations of sexual and/or physical abuse incidents, but only 225 arose out of a complaint.
 Prior to May 28, 2014, the DHS OIG had no category to differentiate between complaints filed by people in immigration detention or complaints filed by people outside of detention.
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