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New Training to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Assault in Detention (May 2013)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has zero tolerance for all forms of sexual abuse or assault. It is ICE policy to provide effective safeguards against sexual abuse and assault of all individuals in ICE custody. To better prepare ICE personnel for their crucial role in helping to combat sexual assault, CRCL collaborated with ICE to produce a mandatory online training course for the thousands of ICE employees who have contact with their detainees. The training will help employees understand their role in the prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse in ICE facilities or in other custodial situations.

The training was adapted from a course developed for correctional staff by the National Institute of Corrections at DOJ.  It introduces employees to key principles set forth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 and provides the tools employees need to understand their duty to report allegations, as well as respond to victims.  The course also offers video tutorials and downloadable job aids on prevention, first responder tips, and communicating with persons of limited English proficiency, which provide actionable and job-specific knowledge that employees will need to sustain a zero tolerance culture. 

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