New Detention Standards Strengthen Treatment for LGBT and HIV Detainees
March 1, 2012 by Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, Administrative Advocacy
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recently released new 2011 Performance Based National Detention Standards. These new performance standards provide guidance that is crucial to improving treatment of LGBT and HIV positive people in detention facilities.
They directly address methods for keeping LGBT detainees safe and healthy while they are in immigration detention centers, including ensuring that transgender detainees have access to safe, gender appropriate housing as well as access to hormone therapy and other necessary medical care.
HRC applauds this important step and will continue to work with ICE as the standards are implemented.
These new standards follow several recommendations for ensuring safe treatment for LGBT detainees that were included in HRC’s Blueprint for Positive Change, a series of recommendations to the Obama administration on policy and regulatory changes that would improve the lives of LGBT Americans. Read the new ICE standards.