Immigrants: Detainees

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Gould of Potternewton Baroness Gould of Potternewton Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse experienced by transgender individuals placed in mixed-sex Immigration Removal Centres.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Men and women only mix at two immigration removal centres (IRC); Yarl’s Wood family accommodation and Dungavel IRC. Transsexual people may be held in any IRC.

Transsexual people in detention are managed in accordance with Detention Services Order 11/2012. This order requires centres to produce a management care plan outlining how the detainee will be managed safely and decently within the detention environment and to put in place measures to manage the risk of transphobic harassment and transphobic hate crime.

An assessment of the incidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse experienced by transgender individuals placed in IRCs is not possible as the information is not centrally recorded and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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