Complaints allege abuse at US immigration lockup
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorneys have filed complaints with federal immigration officials alleging sexual abuse and harassment at a Texas immigration lockup that houses women and their children.
Lawyers with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the University of Texas Law School are representing immigrants who were held at the 500-plus-bed facility in Karnes City, which was converted from an all-male detention center Aug. 1.
Attorneys say women were removed from their cells at night to have sex with guards and staff. They also allege detainees were promised money or legal help in exchange for sexual favors.
The attorneys filed a complaint with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept. 25 and the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday.
A DHS spokeswoman says the agency plans to issue a statement Thursday.
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