Target: Department of Homeland Security
Goal: Investigate rape, abuse, and threats reported by asylum-seeking women in an immigrant detention facility.
Women seeking asylum from conditions in Central America are reporting abuse, rape and overall mistreatment in their detention facility in Karnes, Texas. Many women have come forward saying that guards came into their rooms and raped them in front of their families and children. Since these numerous allegations, no investigation or report of the conditions has come out to the public.
Recently the women have spoken up again, going on a hunger strike to draw attention to their situation, and were met with the threat of losing their children due to their protest. Reporters have a hard time getting interviews with the owners or managers of the privately owned, for-profit Karnes Detention Center, and legal counsel have to jump through hoops to get into the facility to work with their clients in order to get them the asylum they are seeking. Without access to counsel and the chance to plead their case, these women and their children will be sent back to their country and to the situation they are trying to escape.
These people are not criminals, but families trying to legally enter the United States in hopes of escaping conditions that are unimaginable. But instead of being met with help and respect for what they have endured, the reports they are voicing speak to a facility that is adding to their struggle.
People should be able to know what is going on in Karnes, and these women should know that their struggle and voices will not be ignored and that their mistreatment will not be tolerated. Sign the petition below to advocate for these women’s rights.
Dear Department of Homeland Security,
The women of Karnes Detention Center are reporting that they are getting abused, raped, having trouble with admittance of legal counsel, and being threatened for speaking out. This should not be allowed to continue. These claims should be thoroughly investigated for merit and if they prove true, those responsible should be punished.
These women are coming to the country seeking asylum and they should not still be subjected to intolerable conditions while waiting for entrance. If their counsel struggle to get in and they are forced to endure mistreatment, then they haven’t escaped anything and have an increased risk of being sent back instead of getting the legal admittance they are requesting.
This facility should be investigated thoroughly and the truth of its condition should be released to the public. They should not be allowed to deny viewers the chance of looking at their facility just because they are privately run. These women may not be U.S. citizens yet, but they are on U.S. soil and deserve fair treatment.
We need to show these women that their voices will be heard and their lives will improve in the U.S., not that they will be ignored and subjected to hardships. People should not be punished for speaking up. If we want people to try and enter the country legally they should be rewarded for going through the process, and not have to struggle against a system that is trying to set them up to fail.
Don’t let them go unheard, show these women that the U.S. is all that they believed it was when they came here for asylum.
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