Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have dropped a plan that would have relocated dozens of transgender women detainees to the Adelanto Detention Facility in Southern California, where they would have been housed with other female detainees. Currently transgender women are locked up with men, where they suffer disproportionately from sexual assault: despite accounting for less than 1 percent of detainees held by ICE, 1 in 5 victims of confirmed sexual assault are transgender. ICE officials did not comment on why the plans were cancelled, but the privately run facility had become the object of increased public scrutiny following reports of mass hunger strikes by immigrants complaining of being held indefinitely. Congress criticized the facility after a Salvadoran immigrant died of undiagnosed intestinal cancer after being held in custody for over four years, and ICE’s own Office of Detention Oversight discovered in 2014 that the facility was not reporting allegations of sexual abuse and assault. Five months on from a new ICE plan aimed at integrating transgender detainees with populations that match their gender identities, ICE is still searching for the first facility in which to implement it.
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