Woman alleges abuse in Arizona immigration lockup, sues ICE

"A transgendered woman who says she was sexually assaulted twice at an immigration detention center in Eloy is suing the private company that operates the center as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the city of Eloy.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on behalf of Tanya Guzman-Martinez. The ACLU charges that federal and local officials and Corrections Corp. of America, which runs the Eloy detention center under contract with ICE, failed to protect Guzman-Martinez from sexual abuse and harassment by staff members and by detainees at the facility.  "We're seeking redress for Tanya, but we also want to highlight that sexual abuse in immigration detention facilities is a systemic and widespread problem and one the federal government has failed to address," said Victoria Lopez, an ACLU immigration-rights attorney." - Arizona Republic, Dec. 8, 2011.