SIGAR-17-47-IP Report: Child Sexual Assault in Afghanistan: Implementation of the Leahy Laws and Reports of Assault by Afghan Security Forces [Redacted] [open pdf - 5MB]
"Since FY 2005, appropriations have been made available to the Secretary of Defense for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF) to provide assistance to the Afghan security forces 'not withstanding any other provision of law.' [...] At the same time, provisions of federal laws 10 U.S.C. § 362 and 22 U.S.C. § 2378d, commonly referred to as the 'Leahy laws' generally prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of State (State), respectively, from providing assistance to a unit of a foreign security force if they have credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights until the behavior has been remediated. In September 2015, the 'New York Times' reported that sexual abuse of children by Afghan military and police forces was 'rampant,' naming specific Afghan commanders as having committed sexual abuse and soldiers who reported incidents of abuse. Following this report, on December 23, 2015, a bipartisan group of 92 Senators and members of the House of Representatives requested that SIGAR [Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction] conduct an inquiry into the U.S. government's experience with allegations of sexual abuse of children committed by members of the Afghan security forces, and the manner in which DOD and State Leahy laws are implemented in Afghanistan. The request asked SIGAR to review 10 specific items, including child abuse incidents, DOD and State Leahy law policies and procedures, and actions by the Afghan government."
SIGAR-17-47-IP; Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 17-47 Inspection Report
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: http://www.sigar.mil/