In February 1997, Janneral Denson was coming home from a trip to Jamaica. But when U.S. Customs agents “suspected” her of smuggling drugs back into the country, she ended up handcuffed to a bed and detained for two days. But it gets worse.
Denson was about seven months pregnant at the time, but the agents still searched her body and forced her to drink four cups of a powerful laxative – NOT safe to use while pregnant – to look for drugs in her bowel movements.
No drugs were found. But the consequences fell on her.
From the streets to airports to schools, Black women and girls face violent injustice everywhere, from all forms of law enforcement. Fixing this problem means dismantling the whole system to protect our communities.