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United States of America: "I'm not an inmate. Why should I be treated as one?": Women asylum -seekers punished for state's failure to protect them

, Index number: AMR 51/028/2001

Women asylum-seekers are being seriously ill-treated in a local Miami jail where they were transferred following allegations of sexual abuse at a Florida-based immigration centre. Amnesty International believes that the move has effectively resulted in the women being "punished" for the USA authorities' failure to protect them. The organization is calling on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of INS women detainees transferred from the Krome Service Processing Center.

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