Hunger strikers in ICE custody were force-fed, ACLU report says


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents responded to hunger strikes by immigration detainees protesting their conditions by subjecting them to involuntary, invasive medical procedures, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights.

Immigration detainees in ICE custody were force-fed in retaliation for going on hunger strikes to protest conditions inside U.S. immigration detention facilities, according to a new report.

Hunger strikers were subjected to forced hydration, forced urinary catheterization and other involuntary and invasive medical procedures, placed in solitary confinement and experienced retaliatory deportations and transfers, according to the report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights.

“Given the fact that hunger strikes are a First Amendment protected activity — this speech is protected by the Constitution — and to see the level of retaliation and truly brutal medical procedures that are being used against people against their will is truly shocking,” said Eunice Cho, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s National Prison Project and co-author of the report.



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