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Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace

Marleine Bastien and Rosta Telfort

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0057
Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Disgrace

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Everyday, women flee their countries of origin to come to the United States for asylum. Many of the 135,000 to 150,000 refugees in removal proceedings at any given time in the United States are women who are forced to flee their countries of origin as a result of war, political instability, and other societal conflicts related to their gender, including state repression, politically unstable in-country conditions, female genital mutilation, political rapes, sexual slavery, prostitution, and planned and forced marriages. Instead of receiving the protection for which they travel many miles, sometimes in the most horrible conditions, women detainees frequently report physical and sexual abuse, overcrowded facilities, inadequate or nonexistent medical care, and illegal, arbitrary, insensitive discipline and solitary confinement. This chapter highlights the experiences of women detainees across Florida and the conditions in the detention centers in the Miami Department of Homeland Security District.

Keywords: United States; refugees; women detainees; Florida; detention; Miami Department of Homeland Security District; asylum; sexual abuse

Chapter.  3041 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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