Polis requests GAO study on sexual abuse of LGBT immigrants

"In spite of these reports, the Department of Justice recently announced that immigration detention facilities will not be covered by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)," Polis wrote, according to Denver's Westword blog. "Therefore, we respectfully request that the GAO undertake a detailed audit of immigration detention facilities used by DHS to detain immigrants to investigate the incidence of sexual violence."

Polis asked that GAO's review examine detainees held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, and that GAO determine what steps DHS is taking to stop sexual abuse.