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UKBA will be sensitive to victims of sexual violence

The UK Border Agency is making efforts to ensure “that the system is more sensitive to those who have suffered sexual violence and have been trafficked,” Immigration Minister Mark Harper has said.

He told the House of Commons that the UK Border Agency “recently published some information about how it goes about doing that through training its front-line officers and its caseworkers. I take that matter very seriously, and will ensure that the UK Border Agency pays great attention to it.”

Mr. Harper was replying to Ms. Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston who noted that some women asylum seekers end up on the detained fast-track procedure because they have been reluctant to disclose sexual violence and abuse. Ms. Green asked the ministers explain how they ensure that the system will be sensitive to such women’s experiences.
 

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