Texas immigration facility to accomodate transgender people
Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 10:24 pm
A privately-run detention facility for illegal immigrants is under construction and scheduled to open in November of this year in Alvarado, Texas. The facility will have a special unit – comprised of 36 beds – for transgender detainees, making it the second of its kind in the federal system.
A report on transgender people and immigration by New York-based Human Rights Watch showed that more than half of the 28 women identified in the report were detained in the men’s facilities, while half were held in solitary confinement. One Honduran woman held at a detention center in Arizona was reportedly raped by three men at the facility, after which the guard told her “You are the ones that cause these problems and always call the men’s attention.” According to federal guidelines, detention staff should ask the gender identity of incoming detainees and provide them with their preferred accommodations. Guidelines also include instructions on how to conduct routine searches, provide clothing based on a detainee’s proclaimed gender identity, and maintain safety.
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