Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing standards to prevent,
detect, and respond to sexual abuse to detainees.
DHS detention facilities will be the focus to eliminate sexual abuse behind
bars which detain individuals for civil immigration purposes. DHS immigration
detention and holding facilities intend to have a culture that promotes
safety and not tolerate abuse. DHS is looking to implement a zero-tolerance
policy against sexual abuse in the detention facilities. DHS's new
standards will apply that policy across all DHS detention environs with
active oversight to ensure proper implementation.
The proposed standards follow on to the President's May 17, 2012 directive,
"Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act," calling on all
agencies with Federal confinement facilities to work with the Attorney
General to set standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse
in confinement facilities.
DHS has eleven categories encompassed by the National Prison Rape Elimination
Commission (NPREC) these are:
train and educate;
mental and physical treatment;
collect and review data;
audits and compliance.
DHS has two distinct types of DHS detention units:
immigration detention facilities for the longer-term detention of individuals; and,
holding facilities for short temporary custody.