The phenomenon of detaining women in Arizona on the grounds of citizenship status is a relatively recent practice, originating in 2001. In 2009, it was estimated that roughly 300 women were being detained in the state and that number has only grow since. Numerous concerns have been raised over the years surrounding treatment of these women, the majority of who are being detained only for their lack of ”proper” documentation. In addition to concerns raised, formal reports have been filed involving incidences of sexual abuse and violence. These reports are believed to represent a smaller percentage of the overall occurrences, most of which seem to go virtually ignored.
Here are links to some of the amazing reports that have informed this work:
Despite significant demand for records and statistical information on women ICE detainees they simply do not exist to the level one would hope or expect. In many instances, the little information that is collected is extremely hard to access through the ICE or Department of Homeland Security agencies. It is important for us to put pressure on these agencies to ensure these records do get kept and are easily accessible to the public. The most terrifying thing about ICE’s detention practices is how hidden they are, how invisible the detainees are.
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