Monday, 18 April 2011 14:57

LGBT Immigrants Abused In Detention Centers

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A complaint has just been filed against the American immigration which abused of LGBT immigrants.

This complaint relates to the detention centers in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

It seems that the Heartland Alliance, in California, pursues a particular policy for gay and transgender people. They are locked up in very small cells 22 hours per day with refusal to give them their hormonal treatments. A guard would have declared has a "prisoner":

"you need to learn not to be a faggot."

Officials of Heartland Alliance, which filed the complaint with Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector General’s Office, said the problem is a systemic one, not the actions of a few abusive guards.

"It has become clear that the Department of Homeland Security is incapable of ensuring safe and nonpunitive conditions for sexual minorities," said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of Heartland Alliance.

An Associated press reprots a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Gillian Christensen, said the agency plans to review and investigate and address any claims:

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement takes any allegations of mistreatment or abuse very seriously," she said.

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