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Report: ICE Detainees Frequently Had Rights Violated

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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 01:28 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers often violated the rights of detainees, according to a federal report released Friday.

"Overall, the problems we identified undermine the protection of detainees' rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment," reads the report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General.

The office began its report after receiving numerous complaints from immigrant rights groups and on the inspector general's hotline.

"Upon entering some facilities, detainees were housed incorrectly based on their criminal history. Further, in violation of standards, all detainees entering one facility were strip searched. Available language services were not always used to facilitate communication with detainees. Some facility staff reportedly deterred detainees from filing grievances and did not thoroughly document resolution of grievances. Staff did not always treat detainees respectfully and professionally, and some facilities may have misused segregation. Finally, we observed potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions.

Detainees ... reported long waits for provision of medical care, poor conditions in bathrooms and insufficient hygiene supplies. OIG inspectors also observed expired, moldy, and spoiled foods in the kitchen in four facilities."

ICE did not dispute the report, but did issue a statement claiming that steps are currently being taken to improve conditions.

"Based on multi-layered, rigorous inspections and oversight programs, ICE is confident in conditions and high standards of care at its detention facilities," the agency told The Washington Post in a statement. "To ensure the safety and well-being of those in our custody, we work regularly with contracted consultants and a variety of external stakeholders to review and improve detention conditions at ICE facilities."

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