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Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Demand DHS protect immigrant women from sexual assault

For immigrant women, entering the U.S. can be a difficult road. A recent study showed that many women are being strip searched and sexually abused by Border Patrol Agents. Their complaints are rarely addressed, and the agents are hardly ever reprimanded. The current process for even filing a complaint is filled with obstacles. When complaints are filed, it’s often the Border Agent’s word against the victims. Immigration stories shouldn’t include incidents of sexual coercion. Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect immigrant women from sexual assault - place cameras in booking areas. Two sisters from Guatemala were strip searched and sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol Agent. He took each of them separately, forcing them to remove their clothes and touched their genitals. The booking areas all were without cameras. Current DHS policies require strip searches be performed only by female agents. If that is impossible due to staffing, then two agents are supposed to be in the room. Their complaint was investigated, only to be thrown out due to a ‘lack of physical evidence’. Their story isn’t isolated. From 2010-2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection received 84 complaints of coerced sexual assault. Agents should not use their positions of power to sexually assault  immigrant women. Tell the DHS to protect immigrant women from sexual assault, install cameras in booking areas. Sexual assaults by Border Agents is not something that can be overlooked.

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Petition to Representative Henry C. Hank Johnson Jr., Senator Johnny Isakson, Rick W. Allen

Stop the deportation of Djenebou Sissoko and release her immediately from ICE custody!

This is to present an emergency request to stop the deportation and to demand the release of Djenebou Sissoko, a 56 year old woman from West Africa, who lived in the US for 20 years. Djenebou has been in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation since October 3rd, 2018. She is the mother of Joseph Ishmel Lowery, an 11 year old non-verbal autistic boy. Ishmel is a US citizen who needs your help. He has started a complex medical treatment not available in West Africa, where his mother is scheduled to be deported.  Separating him from his mother is seriously compromising all cognitive progresses he has made thus far and even endangering his fragile life. Djenebou is Ishmel sole caregiver; his father, a US Army Veteran, passed away earlier this year. Please join us in asking ICE to immediately release Djenebou so she can continue to take care of her son Ishmel. Ishmel has been through a lot already. Sending him and his mother to West Africa will put an end to the treatment he could get and keep him in this cognitive condition for the rest of his life. According to Dr Roger Bruce Bessey, Joseph Ishmel’s primary physician, “Joseph’s medical history is salient for a severe autistic disorder- a neurodevelopment entity that presents with problems in social communication and interaction, restricted repetitive pattern of behavior activities and global developmental delay. Parental training and education is very important component of comprehensive intervention for children with autism.” Moreover, Dr. George Katsitadze, Joseph’s autism specialist, stated that “the therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder is very intensive and […] includes extensive parent participation. […] it is my professional opinion that joseph’s mother be allowed to remain in the United States to support the ongoing treatment plan.” Please sign and share! Thank you! #IshysVoICE 

Ramata Cisse
27,096 supporters