In today's edition of #ThotforaCause, a message from the ACLU (@aclu_nationwide): (link in my IG story - SWIPE UP to lend your support) Do NOT allow ICE to destroy detention records that document deaths, sexual abuse, and other abuse of individuals in custody. If NARA accepts ICE's proposed record destruction plan, it will both erase the historical record and make it harder for advocates and attorneys to properly investigate and address the thousands of disturbing complaints of sexual assaults by guards, substandard medical care, overuse of solitary confinement, threats and physical assault by custody staff, and even death in custody.
We have until September 15 to send public comments to the National Archives and Records Administration demanding they retract permission for ICE to destroy these records.
A couple of important facts as examples of what will be lost: • According to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the DHS Office of the Inspector General received 1,016 reports of sexual abuse filed by people in detention between May 2014 and July 2016, meaning that the OIG received on average more than one complaint of sexual abuse from people in detention per day during this time period.
• ICE agents have largely escaped accountability for sexual abuse. The Office of the Inspector General investigated just 24, or 2.4% of these complaints.
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