16-Year-Old Girl’s Father Going After Homeland Security After She Was Allegedly Strip-Searched by Agents

PEOPLE.com | 10/11/2017 | Thatiana Diaz
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Scott Catlin’s 16-year-old daughter was allegedly strip-searched while crossing the border from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The teen and her two older sisters—ages 18 and 20—were returning to their home in San Diego after visiting their family and meeting their uncle’s newborn baby in Tijuana, Mexico last month. As they were crossing the border, officers took two of the girls in for secondary inspections.

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While the oldest sister was asked to wait outside, the other two were taken in and interrogated. The youngest was asked to remove her clothing and was searched for contraband, which also involved shining a flashlight in her vaginal and anal area. Her father claims that he was never called for parental consent to search the minor, which is required by law.

Catlin alleges that the CBP inspector accused his daughter, who was menstruating, of sneaking in contraband via her maxi pad. He also alleges that she was told to bend over and cough several times with no social workers or medical staff present.

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Two days after hearing his daughter’s harrowing experience, Catlin filed a formal complaint. “This letter...
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