Late December, 2022

Reporting on January 5, 2023, the Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) recounted a case of Border Patrol agents using abusive language, including statements that would constitute sexual harassment.

Yordy [name changed to protect privacy] turned himself in to ask for asylum. On the bus transporting him and other migrants to the BP [Border Patrol] station, the agents only spoke to them to make fun of them. They were all male agents and they asked the women they had detained on the bus if any of them were interested in having sex with any of the men there. When the agents counted the men detained on the bus, there was one man of shorter stature and they counted him as “0.5.” Once they arrived at the BP station, he tried to talk to the officials, but they told him to be quiet and that he had no right to speak.

— “January 5th Update from KBI” (Nogales: Kino Border Initiative, January 5, 2023).

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Abusive Language, Sexual Assault or Harassment

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Female, Single Adult