Client Sexually Assaulted in Immigration Detention in Montana
May 14, 2014Shahid Haque
As an immigration attorney and President of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”), Shahid Haque is representing and advocating for Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, who was the victim of a sexual assault while in immigration detention in Montana. Audemio courageously shared his story the Great Falls Tribune.
Audemio was attacked and raped in his sleep during his first night in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Jefferson County Jail in Boulder, Montana. It took two days before he found a law enforcement officer he could trust to ask for help. When Audemio reported the rape, ICE officers handcuffed him and forced him to participate in an interview without his lawyer. On top of everything, Audemio has a deportation order that could permanently separate him from his wife and children.
Shahid Haque was successful in preventing Audemio’s immediate deportation, which would have prevented him from seeking justice for what happened to him. Audemio has been released from immigration detention for now, and is back with his family for now. However, as of today, the perpetrators of this horrific crime have still not been brought to justice, and Audemio still faces deportation. You can learn more about this situation by watching the video interview above, with Shahid Haque. It was recorded on January 9, 2014.