Woman trapped in a private detention center contracted by ICE claims she was raped by guards a day before her deportation to Mexico and eventually gave birth to a girl
- A Mexican national has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Houston alleging that she and two other women were raped in an ICE-contracted detention center in 2018
- The immigrant woman also said she was fertilized as a result of the attack and gave birth in early 2019
- The woman, identified as Jane Doe in court documents filed Wednesday, said the attack occurred on the eve of her deportation to Mexico
- The lawsuit, which mentions both the private prison company CoreCivic and ICE, indicates that the women were separated from their group and taken to another cell
- While there, three men allegedly entered the cell where they allegedly abused them physically and sexually
- The court document states that the three women were told to change their clothes and then placed on a bus and deported to Mexico a few hours later
- An ICE spokesperson said it “takes seriously all allegations of misconduct against a contracted detention facility.”
A Mexican national filed a lawsuit with a federal court in Houston against a for-profit prison company alleging that she had been raped in a detention center contracted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Administration.
The shocking incident reportedly occurred on the eve of the woman’s deportation to Mexico, while she was detained at CoreCivic’s Houston Processing Center, according to the court document filed Wednesday.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe, was detained at the facility for nearly three months and was removed from the general population at noon on June 1, 2018 and reportedly taken to a separate, dark cell along with two other women.
Shortly before midnight, she said three men in street clothes reportedly entered the cell where they physically and sexually assaulted the three prisoners. The lawsuit indicates that the women attempted to defend themselves against their attackers. Doe is said to have been punched in the face and punched in the face by one of the men, who then turned her hands behind her back.
Doe, who left with bruises on her face, said she tried to fight the aggressor, but stopped because he kept hitting her.
The complaint states that a few hours after the alleged attack, guards forced the women to change and were not allowed to bathe before being placed on a bus to Mexico on June 2, 2018.
An immigrant woman deported from Houston to Mexico by U.S. immigration and customs enforcement on June 2, 2018 filed a lawsuit on Wednesday at a federal court in Houston, alleging that she had been raped at the CoreCivic’s Houston Processing Center, a detention center for-profit had had a contract with ICE since 2003. In 2019, she obtained the child pictured above as a result of rape, the complaint states.
A lawsuit filed with a Houston federal court on Wednesday alleges that three men beat and raped three female prisoners from Mexico on June 1, 2018, before being deported on a bus the following day. Only one of the women is represented in the lawsuit. The other two are yet to come forward
It was only when Doe returned to her rural home in Mexico that she discovered she had been impregnated as a result of the sexual assault. She gave birth to a girl in 2019.
“I got pregnant as a result of rape and am now the mother of a girl,” the woman said in a video shot provided to DailyMail.com on Friday courtesy of Newsroom Public Relations. “This nightmare has caused me a lot of damage and stress. I hope that the US government and the directors of these private prisons prevent this violence from happening to others. ‘
The lawsuit states that CoreCivic, the first private, profit-making correctional firm in the United States, has signed a contract with ICE dating back to 2003 to operate the Houston facility.
“In 2018, when these serious allegations arose, ICE and local law enforcement conducted an immediate and joint investigation into the matter,” ICE spokesman Tim Oberle told DailyMail.com via email.
“ICE takes all allegations of misconduct against a contracted detention facility seriously, as the agency strives to provide a safe and humane environment for persons in detention. ICE will not comment further as the matter is pending litigation, but looks forward to providing information and evidence during the legal process. ‘
A 2017 report submitted by CoreCivic Along with the federal government, it was found that detainees made eight allegations of sexual abuse against staff at the Houston facility in 2017. The Tennessee-based prison company found that one of the cases had been identified while the other seven had provided insufficient evidence to determine whether they were true.
CoreCivic also found two substantiated cases in the other five prisons that have contracts with ICE.
“What I can tell you is that we are committed to the safety and dignity of every prisoner entrusted to us. We have a zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and harassment, “CoreCivic spokeswoman Amanda Gilchrist told DailyMail.com in an email statement. ‘To ensure that we are fully compliant with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), all staff receive pre-service and continuing education and training, and all detainees receive PREA education and training, starting with the initial reception and continuing through us. ‘
According to the Dallas-based lawyer of the deported woman, Michelle Simpson Tuegel, CoreCivic has not been subpoenaed for the lawsuit and has 21 days to respond once served.
“They can say that they have a zero tolerance policy, but that is clearly not what the facts showed and we would like to find out how and why this happened and what failures contributed to them ever having access to these women in the first”, Simpson Tuegel told DailyMail.com in a telephone interview on Friday.
She said she hopes that her client who has made the allegation public will prompt the other two women to step forward.