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Yuma Border Patrol Chief Responds To Allegations of Mistreatment of Youths By Agents

This week, allegations by dozens of young migrants who were in Yuma Border Patrol custody of mistreatment and even sexual abuse by some agents were reported. KAWC’s Victor Calderón spoke with Anthony Porvaznik, Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector, for reaction.

Chief Porvaznik said he and Yuma agents treat all migrants with dignity and compassion. Porvaznik said all allegations are taken seriously and are subject to an independent investigation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the allegation of sexual assault of a 15 year old girl by a male agent is already under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

Porvaznik said migrants have access to food and water, showers and laundry facilities, among other necessities. He said posters in Spanish are placed throughout the temporary tent facility explaining the rights migrants have while in custody and that there is a zero tolerance policy by Border Patrol officials of any abuse or mistreatment by agents.


Stay tuned to KAWC for more from our exclusive interview with Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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