Allegations of lewd conduct at highest levels of ICE force leave of absence by chief of staff

posted at 11:21 am on August 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It started with a lawsuit by an angry ICE director who claimed that Janet Napolitano’s personal relationship with Dora Shriro was the basis of a promotion to “special advisor’ that came at his expense, and who then began to be isolated by Napolitano in retaliation for his complaints.  Now two more ICE employees have come forward to allege sexual harassment and lewd conduct by a senior member of Napolitano’s ICE staff — and that has resulted in chief of staff Suzanne Barr’s leave of absence:

The top Homeland Security official accused of cultivating a “frat-house”-style work environment has “voluntarily placed herself on leave” amid an internal review, the department told FoxNews.com late Tuesday evening — just hours after FoxNews.com contacted the agency about new allegations against her.

The official, Suzanne Barr, is chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Two more ICE employees came forward this week to complain about “lewd” conduct inside the agency, submitting sworn affidavits that depict graphic comments made by two top officials working under DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The suit by James Hayes, former director of ICE Detention and Removal Operations before Napolitano’s appointment in 2009, had also named Barr as an antagonist and harasser:

On one occasion, Barr called a colleague in his hotel room and screamed using sexually explicit language, telling him she ‘wanted his c*** in the back of [her] throat’.

Hayes claims he ‘felt that he was being targeted because of his gender’ and witnessed Barr repeatedly picking on men.

She ‘created a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees’, according to court papers.

In 2009 she ‘removed the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including nameplates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters’.

The new affidavits contain further allegations of sexual harassment:

In the newly emerging affidavits, one of the employees claimed that in October 2009, while in a discussion about Halloween plans, the individual witnessed Barr turn to a senior ICE employee and say: “You a sexy” (expletive deleted).

“She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit.

“Several employees laughed nervously,” the affidavit said. The names of the workers making the claims have been redacted.

Until now, the Department of Homeland Security has insisted that Hayes’ allegations were “unfounded.”  Shriro has already left ICE and now works in the New York City Department of Correction, Fox reports.  Neither Shriro or Barr are named as co-defendants in the suit, but both can be certain that they will end up being deposed at the very least by attorneys for both sides.  This looks like an ugly affair already, and we may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg.  With Barr on leave, more ICE employees may feel encouraged to come forward.


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In the newly emerging affidavits, one of the employees claimed that in October 2009, while in a discussion about Halloween plans, the individual witnessed Barr turn to a senior ICE employee and say: “You a sexy” (expletive deleted).

“She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit.

That employee is reportedly named Tae Johnson, and the deleted expletive was reportedly “mo****f***a.” So not only was it inappropriate, but arguably racist too.

Alex_SF on August 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

By “mutual social circle” and “activity”, I mean what you likely assume it means.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I can’t imagine what you’re alluding to./

Buy Danish on August 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

CORRUPTION

TX-96 on August 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

And I thought the ICE under Obama was only into trashing our nation’s boundaries.

WannabeAnglican on August 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

“She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit.

“That’s rather a personal question, Sir.”
Monty Python – Lifeboat sketch

whatcat on August 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Sorry. Did you say Suzanne Rozanne Barr?

IrishEyes on August 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Sorry. Did you say Suzanne Rozanne Barr?

IrishEyes on August 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Being sexually harrassed by Roseanne Barr would be a fate worse than death.

bw222 on August 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM

“Naughty, naughty Zoot!”

Akzed on August 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Well, I could stay a bit longer.

JFS61 on August 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Good god, how do people not know how to behave in a professional environment? Where were they raised? This would be inappropriate whether it was by men or by women, obviously.

alwaysfiredup on August 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Uh, if you’re going to harass me, you’d better be better looking than that.

Pilgrimsarbour on August 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Heh, so where are the kinky details? Did they make any amateur videos?

petefrt on August 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

So, who cleans the strap-on afterwards…Big Sis or Suzzi?

BobMbx on August 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM

So, who cleans the strap-on fist afterwards…Big Sis or Suzzi?

BobMbx on August 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Corrected that for you.

acyl72 on August 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

“She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’” according to the affidavit.

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“That’s rather a personal question, Sir.”
Monty Python – Lifeboat sketch

whatcat on August 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

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There are just too many “one-liners” from those guys, for one person to go thru in a lifetime. : )

listens2glenn on August 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

“Naughty, naughty Zoot!”

Akzed on August 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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Well, I could stay a bit longer.

JFS61 on August 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

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NO ! . . . . . . You’d be in great PERIL !

listens2glenn on August 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Oh C’mom now, Barr is just following her master BO and leading from the behind.

jbh45 on August 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

They are the worst people in the world and people have a hard time believing that the worst people can rise to the top. It’s the same with communists, and those lists aren’t mutually exclusive. They know who’s in the club and let them thru the front door while pushing the rest out the back door. It’s legal when they do it so they’ll win and the fair play types will lose.

Buddahpundit on August 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Is this a lesbian harasses men thing?

I think we need a Romney to go in there and CLEAN up this lewd regime from top to bottom.

Folks, if not now then maybe never!

I am registered in VA and I pray there are enough of us to redden the Commonwealth just enough ….

This election is pretty much a matter of the good vs. the evil.

Sherman1864 on August 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Power hungry, liberal scumbags…

litebeam1 on August 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Is that what she looks like?

You don’t file a lawsuit. You thank god.

lorien1973 on August 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I read about this last week, can’t remember where now, but Barr is a lesbian. The comment she made to that male colleague was not intended as an invitation. The purpose was to embarrass and harass him.

Flora Duh on August 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Whatever her purpose and whatever she looks like, harassment is harassment. I don’t care if she’s a supermodel. It’s all the same crime.

bmmg39 on August 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

The D.C. milieu of power and privilege and easy (big) money has created a sewer in the swamp.

onlineanalyst on August 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I think it’s funny that guys on this thread and pretending to be offended by this. If a woman says this to you, the only proper response is dropping your drawers.

If you’re a ho, sure. Now you’re again cordially invited to stop speaking for anybody but yourself.

If the dude is single; what’s the issue here? Sexual harassment? Haven’t conservatives whined about that getting in the way of human interaction for decades now?

lorien1973 on August 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I’m a single dude, too, and if a superior said this to me I’d report her. Sexual harassment is real; the complaints have always been when something as innocuous as a smile gets one reported. This case the real deal.

bmmg39 on August 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

These are comments by Barr herself and she’s not being named as a co-defendent?!? Don’t even want to know what the others did or said. And why isn’t Barr being charged?

hopeful on August 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Shriro has already left ICE and now works in the New York City Department of Correction, Fox reports.
Sounds like the right place to be if you’re that way.

The Rogue Tomato on August 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I’ll bet Christine Quinn, the next mayor of NYC already has their future plans laid out for them, and I do mean “laid”.

Mr. Grump on August 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

By “mutual social circle” and “activity”, I mean what you likely assume it means.

Lourdes on August 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I can’t imagine what you’re alluding to./

Buy Danish on August 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

You two might be thinking of Governor Napolitano’s annual Grand Canyon Colorado River female only week long raft trips. The news in AZ always called them her “close friends.” The national news never covered it as far as I know.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Whatever Democrats touch turns to garbage. They are garbage.

MisterElephant on August 16, 2012 at 12:38 AM

So how long was Suzanne Barr’s, pre-op?

MNHawk on August 16, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Yeesh, I wonder how many hen parties she has attended.

jake49 on August 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

They should all get fired.

Amazingoly on August 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

It is funny how libs always preach to the people on how they should behave, but never act that way themselves.

jeffn21 on August 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Munchers of the world unite
….Karl Marx

booger71 on August 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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