Woman Who Accused Immigration Officers Of Rape Drops Lawsuit Against Detention Center

The woman abruptly moved to drop her suit in September, and the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday she admitted to falsifying the account in order to qualify for a visa for victims.

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Core Civic Houston Processing Center Field Office sign on July 25, 2019.

A Mexican woman who said she was sexually assaulted and impregnated at an immigrant detention facility in Houston dropped her lawsuit against the facility and its officers after admitting she made up the story to get a visa, according to court documents and reports.

The woman, indentified in court records only as “Jane Doe,” said the assault came just hours before she was deported to Mexico. She sued private corrections company CoreCivic, which is contracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to run and operate the facility.

But the woman abruptly moved to drop the suit in September, according to court records. And the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that she admitted to falsifying the account in order to qualify for a visa for victims.

While in ICE custody, the plaintiff said she and two other women were taken to a small room when three immigration officials entered, hit them in the face, and sexually assaulted them. But according to a transcript of a phone interview obtained by the Chronicle, a Harris County Sheriff's Office investigator and an ICE special agent told the plaintiff they interrogated the two other women, who claimed the events did not happen.

The plaintiff then insisted she was sexually assaulted, but said it did not happen in custody, according to the Chronicle. Instead, she said she was assaulted by three strangers in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, near the Texas border, just after deportation, the Chronicle reported. She allegedly met some women there recommended that she say she'd been raped to qualify for the visa.

The plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the suit on Sept. 17, which a judge granted on Nov. 17.

Attorneys for the woman did not respond to requests for comment.

In a statement, CoreCivic spokesman Ryan Gustin slammed the attorneys who took on the case, saying they “should be ashamed of themselves for peddling lies in court and during their televised press conference and media campaign.”

“At CoreCivic, we're pleased to be vindicated by the voluntary withdrawal of their bogus claims, and we remain committed to the safety and dignity of every person entrusted to our care,” Gustin said.

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