Federal Prison

A former inmate may pursue her claims that she was sexually assaulted and enslaved by a captain at a federal prison, a federal court in West Virginia ruled. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency allegedly warned the woman to stop pursuing her civil case and the captain allegedly threatened her, telling her he could gather data on her family and affect her immigration status.

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Sexual Assault

A court did not violate a defendant’s civil rights by considering his association with an Amish community when it sentenced him to prison for sexually assaulting family members when he was a minor, an appeals court in Wisconsin ruled. One of the court’s reasons for sentencing the defendant to prison was to encourage interventions by adults in the community to protect girls from assaults by family members.

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Watchdog Faults VA Chief Over Handling of Sex Assault Report

Confronted with a sexual assault allegation at a veterans hospital, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie repeatedly sought to discredit the congressional aide who made the complaint and his staff worked to spread negative information about her while ignoring known problems of harassment at the facility, according to an investigative report released Thursday.

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Qatar Apologizes, Investigates Forced Airport Examinations

Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to an abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the searches.

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