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Help Protect Women Held in U.S. Custody from Sexual Abuse

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Imagine the horror of fleeing persecution in your home country only to find yourself a victim of sexual assault while in the custody of the U.S. government.

The Department of Homeland Security and ICE have consistently downplayed the problem of sexual assault of immigration detainees. And now, the Department of Justice has proposed regulations that would exclude immigration detainees from protection under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

This is an unthinkable attempt to deprive a specific and vulnerable group of people from protection against rape and sexual assault. And it comes despite Congress's clear intent to protect all people in government custody from such abuse.

Take action now. Urge President Obama and Attorney General Holder to make sure all immigration detainees have the full protection of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

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