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Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?”: Abuse against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention

Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?”: Abuse against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention

Human Rights Watch. “Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?”: Abuse against Transgender Women in US Immigration Detention. Report. 2016. https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/us0316_web.pdf.

“At any given time, the United States holds scores of transgender women in immigration detention.” In detention, trans women experience a high rate of sexual assault and abuse, including denial of necessary medical care such as hormone replacement therapy or HIV treatment. Until recently, transgender women in immigration detention were routinely held in men’s detention facilities.  Transgender people are frequently placed in isolation, an action that authorities often justify as necessary for protection. This report, “based on 28 interviews with transgender women held in US immigration detention… between 2011 and 2015,” details “the abuses that transgender women suffer in immigration detention and the U.S. government’s inadequate efforts to address them.”

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Key words: immigration detention, solitary confinement, prison isolation, vulnerable populations, LGBTQ, transgender, segregation