Partial Settlement in Body Cavity Border Search Lawsuit

Partial Settlement in Body Cavity Border Search Lawsuit

"A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million.  The woman, a resident of New Mexico who is called “Jane Doe” in court documents, was subjected in December 2012 to vaginal probes and CT scans after crossing the port of entry in El Paso.  The suit against University Medical Center was filed in December 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union.  The case against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is still pending, according to a statement from the ACLU.  “Despite the trauma and humiliation endured by our client, she had the courage to step forward,” Rebecca L. Robertson, the legal and policy director for the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement.  “Because of her, the hospital has changed its policy to prevent this from happening to others.  Now we hope that CBP will also take responsibility and stop subjecting innocent people to unconstitutional and abusive searches.”" - Texas Tribune, July 7, 2014.