From The Washington Times:
Illegal immigrant women being detained at a California jail say they are being “humiliated” by strip-searches, particularly in cases involving transgender detainees, and have filed a complaint demanding federal officials put a stop to it.
The complaint, sent Monday to the Santa Ana City Jail and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which contracts with the jail to hold illegal immigrants, is the latest step in an escalating push by immigrant rights advocates to try to end the detention of women and children in the country illegally and, in the meantime, to alleviate conditions at the facilities.
In this case, advocates say the Obama administration isn’t taking enough steps to secure the dignity of illegal immigrants, particularly transgender women. They say the jail conducts invasive and embarrassing searches and forces detainees to “stand and walk barefoot on dirty floors contaminated with bodily fluids.”
“These searches are particularly traumatizing for asylum seekers who have survived sexual assault and rape, and the strip searches undermine the healing these women need,” Christina Fialho, general counsel at Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, said in the complaint.
Nine other organizations, including the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter, gay rights groups and immigrant advocacies, supported the complaint.
ICE said in a statement that it is committed to fair treatment of its detainees and has ordered an investigation into the accusations.
Thirty-one women — six who publicly identified themselves and 25 who chose to remain anonymous because of fear of retribution — detailed some of…