The Los Angeles Times Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, seeking the release of records detailing allegations of widespread sexual abuse and harassment at immigration detention centers.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles follows a recent Times investigation into hundreds of allegations by California detainees of violence and abuse. Few of the allegations resulted in criminal charges, a lack of accountability that fostered unchecked violence within the facilities, according to the newspaper.
The Times was also among several outlets that reported on the alleged forced sterilization of more than a dozen women at a detention center in Georgia.
Starting in June, The Times submitted five requests under the Freedom of Information Act seeking detainee complaint data, investigation reports and other detention policy documents from ICE and the DHS Office of Inspector General, according to the complaint. Both agencies have failed to provide the records, resulting in the lawsuit.
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