USA: Former inmates of Eloy detention centre decry violent abuse of migrants

Crowds of protesters rallied outside Eloy Federal detention facility, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, calling for the US deportation centre to be held to account for alleged violent misconduct and mistreatment of migrant detainees.
Outside the gates of the private prison, former inmates re-enacted their experiences within Eloy's walls, highlighting the guards' use of physical violence towards migrant detainees.
One Mexican woman, who was kept in five different US detention centres, described her experience of being sexually-abused by a guard at such a facility: "He didn't touch my brothers, he didn't touch my daughters, only me. As much as he wanted. He abused his power. In Yuma they didn't allow me to shower for five days and without drinking water."
Other protesters highlighted mistreatment of inmates culminating in suicide and death, often due to lack of access to medicine. The site, contracted by the Department of Homeland Security, played host to 14 detainee deaths from 2003 to mid-2016, five of which were suicides. With a comparatively high death rate in comparison to other US detention facilities in the states, of which their around over 200, Eloy has been described as "the deadliest immigration detention centre in the US."
The protest is the first of many events organised by SOA Watch under the name "Encuentro [meeting] at the Border" over the weekend.

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