In a hearing on immigration detention facilities Friday, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official testified that transgender illegal immigrant detainees have a “right” to transition-related hormone therapy.
The ICE official’s statement came during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing on civil rights concerns in immigrant detention centers. Regarding the question of transgender hormone therapy treatment, the official assured the commission that the “right” of illegal detainees’ access to treatment was being maintained:
“With respect to treatment while in detention—the medical care standard—the standards guarantees a right to hormone therapy for individuals who need it for treatment, and even in facilities that are not covered by that standard,” said ICE’s Kevin Landy. “Our ICE House Service Corps is very vigilant on that issue to ensuring that individuals receive necessary hormone therapy.”
Transgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into ICE custody shall have continued access. All transgender detainees shall have access to mental health care, and other transgender-related health care and medication based on medical need. Treatment shall follow accepted guidelines regarding medically necessary transition-related care.