The irony of the US human rights report

Felicia Persaud | 4/26/2018, 2:39 p.m.

A new class-action lawsuit alleges the private company behind the Stewart Detention Center in South Georgia made millions in profits while forcing detainees to work for meager wages. The immigrants in detention made between $1 and $4 a day for tasks such as preparing food, mopping floors and doing laundry, according to the lawsuit, which describes the practice as a “deprivation scheme” and alleges it’s a violation of human trafficking laws.

“Mass” scale sexual abuse in ICE detention

A major investigation by media house, The Intercept, has revealed harrowing accounts of nearly 1,224 detainees at U.S. immigration centers having suffered sexual abuse, with half of those accused belonging to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including detention center guards and even medical officers. The investigative piece is littered with harrowing accounts of sexual abuse and assault suffered by the detainees. Among the reports is of a female immigrant detainee being cuffed and maced after an argument with a fellow detainee at a Florida immigration detention center, with an officer sitting on her “like a person would sit on a horse,” his “erect penis on her butt” as she lay on the ground. More alarming is the reported intimidation tactics in place to stop the detainees from reporting sexual abuse.

These are just some of the blatant human rights violations occurring in immigrant detention centers across the U.S. and to immigrants nationwide.

Perhaps it’s time the countries listed in this report begin documenting and releasing their own human rights reports on the U.S., particularly on immigrants in U.S. detention centers and violations of immigrants’ rights in general.

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.