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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

NIJC files mass civil rights complaint for LGBT immigration detainees

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By National Immigrant Justice Center - A Heartland Alliance Partner

Hundreds of immigrants are trapped in the U.S. immigration detention system, vulnerable to discrimination and abuse with little recourse for justice. Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center submitted civil rights complaints this week on behalf of 13 transgender and gay immigrants recently and currently held in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detention centers and county jails throughout the United States.

These complaints detail sexual assault, denials of medical care, arbitrary confinement, and severe harassment and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrants. The individuals who filed complaints all came to the United States to escape persecution in their native countries, only to face continued abuse in the immigration system. The experiences of these courageous individuals reflect the wrongful treatment suffered by hundreds of LGBT immigrants in DHS detention facilities throughout the country.

Civil rights complaint for LGBT immigration detainees
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