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Making Progress in Protecting Immigrants From Sexual Abuse and Assault

The Department of Homeland Security finally issues credible sexual assault protection for immigrants in detention. Will Health and Human Services follow suit?

Last week, after years of debate over whether immigrants in their custody needed protections against sexual assault, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released long-awaited draft regulations that detail the agency's plan to satisfy the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). It has taken enormous amounts of time and advocacy to reach this place, but this is a major victory. These regulations are a critical step for creating real safeguards to protect the human rights of immigrants in detention. Immigrants in detention — who often do not speak English, are facing deportation and have little access to lawyers — deserve the same protections as everyone who is in confinement in the United States.

Read the full blog on The Huffington Post.

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