ICE Agent Raped Immigrant For Years Under Threat of Deportation
A Honduran woman identified as Jane Doe has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and former ICE agent Wilfredo Rodriguez and is seeking $10 million in damages.
The victim alleges that a Connecticut ICE agent raped her four times a week over the course of seven years, impregnating her three times. He paid for her to have an abortion after each pregnancy.
According to the victim’s testimony Jane Doe met ICE agent Wilfredo Rodriguez when her brother was arrested for entering the country illegally in 2006. After Rodriguez learned of her undocumented status, he began threatening her, demanding she become his informant. The harassment escalated quickly and he soon raped her in a motel room while holding a gun to her head.
The agent called himself the “wolf” and threatened to kill her family or have them deported if she didn’t participate in “abhorrent sexual behavior,” according to the lawsuit. She tried to commit suicide four times before opening up to an agent assisting her father with an asylum application. The agent recommended she speak to an attorney.
J.D. George Kramer has taken on the case and issued a comment via email regarding his client’s courageous mission despite her “very fragile psychological state.”
“She is not only seeking compensation for the physical and emotional damage she suffered but to change the way those who are cooperating with ICE are treated by those in a position of power and who often wield total control over the ability to remain in the United States.” George Kramer