SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Five immigrant women are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the federal government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being held in detention.
A Nashville, Tennessee, lawyer representing the women has filed a tort claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, against the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the detained women and children received inadequate medical care and suffered psychological trauma.
Two detention facilities are in South Texas and one in Pennsylvania, holding families, mostly Central Americans fleeing domestic and gang violence.
A department spokeswoman Monday refused comment on the pending litigation but said detention centers are humane and operate in an open environment. Amenities there include day care, educational services and access to legal help.