Advocates pushing for sexual misconduct to include immigrant detention

Published: Jan. 8, 2018 at 6:29 PM CST
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Advocates say the national discussion of sexual misconduct should include immigrant detention facilities where they say cases of abuse have not been adequately investigated.

Advocates point to the FBI announcing that it had opened a civil rights investigation into a Texas case as a positive sign that federal authorities are responding to pressure.

Laura Monterrosa accused a female guard at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center of allegedly groping her and suggesting they had sex.

Monterrosa, A native of El Salvador, crossed the southern U.S. border in May and has applied for asylum, citing fear of an uncle who raped her and violence in her home country.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment on her case but say it’s committed to preventing sexual violence in immigrant detention.