Thursday, April 02, 2009 Startling accusations Thursday from undocumented immigrants formerly held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a downtown Los Angeles facility intended as a temporary lockup.
Russian immigrant Alla Suvorova says she was denied the basic necessities -- clean clothes, soap, even sanitary napkins -- in detention for two weeks.
Abelardo Chavez-Flores says he couldn't even communicate with his children for a month and a half, or change clothes.
Both were arrested on immigration violations last year and detained in a basement here in the Downtown Los Angeles federal building. There are six or seven rooms setup for detention for, at most, 12 hours. "They just put you in a room which is really dirty, not able to wash your hands, nothing, nothing," said plaintiff Alla Suvorvova. "Some days you could not sit or even move because there were more than a hundred people in the cell," said Abelaro Chaves-Flores. Chavez-Flores is charged with immigration violations. Suvorova is charged with a visa violation.