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Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention

PREA Standards Must Cover All Immigration Detainees

WASHINGTON - Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) will host a Hill Briefing open to the press on Wed., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. on the Department of Justice’s proposed rule implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).  The DOJ proposed PREA rule excluded coverage of immigration detention facilities, but speakers at the briefing will make clear that the DOJ and Department of Homeland Security must correct this dangerous oversight to cover all immigration detainees in DHS custody. The Washington Post and The New York Times have recently editorialized on PREA and sexual abuse in immigration custody, calling for this change in the final PREA rule expected to be issued in early 2012. The briefing will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237.

Hill Briefing hosted by Reps. Scott and Wolf on PREA and sexual abuse in immigration detention

Rep. Bobby Scott, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

John Kaneb and Brenda Smith, Former Commissioners, National Prison Rape Elimination Commission


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Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum Program, Women’s Refugee Commission

Joanne Lin, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Wed., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237


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