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What will it take to protect immigrants from sexual assault in detention?

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
A detention facility in McAllen, Texas.



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about sexual abuse in immigrant detention facilities.

In recent years, the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security received an average of more than one complaint of sexual assault a day. In a joint investigation, Rewire.News and NPR’s Latino USA examined one woman’s allegation and found that the process meant to hold detention centers accountable is failing survivors. What will it take to protect immigrants in detention?


Maggie Freleng, producer at-large for NPR’s Latino USA, and an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Tina Vasquez, senior immigration reporter for Rewire.News

Web Resources:

Rewire: In Search of Safety: An Investigation of Abuse at an Immigration Facility

Rewire: In Search of Justice: How DHS PREA Standards Don’t Necessarily Protect Immigrants From Assault

NPR: Buried Abuse

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.