Secretary Napolitano Announces Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement Facilities [December 6, 2012] [open pdf - 160KB]
On December 3, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) submitted to the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in confinement facilities, in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), 42 U.S.C. 15601. 'DHS has a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse and assault in detention facilities,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'The standards we have put forth today will further enhance our ability to protect the health and safety of individuals in DHS confinement facilities. On May 17, 2012, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing Federal agencies with confinement facilities to issue regulations or procedures to satisfy the requirements of PREA. That same day, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its final rule to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities, in accordance with PREA. DHS also announced that day that it would undertake its own rulemaking to apply PREA to immigrant confinement facilities, building upon the zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and abuse in confinement facilities that DHS previously adopted."
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/