The scandal-ridden industry of migrant child shelters
Exactly why we need reforms now. I’m proud to sponsor SB1247 to hold these shelter operators accountable.
Data: Office of Refugee Resettlement. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
More than half of the allegations of sexual abuse of unaccompanied migrant minors by adult staff occurred in shelters run by just three contractors — nonprofits that received federal grants totaling more than $2.5 billion dollars over the past four years, according to USAspending.gov.
Axios’ Stef Kight and Caitlin Owens write that the federal government has received as many as 10 separate reports of alleged sexual abuse by staff at multiple migrant child shelters over the past four years, totaling 178 allegations against adult staff members, according to HHS documents given to Axios.
The big picture: HHS received 4,556 complaints of sexual misconduct by minors and adults in from October 2014 to July 2018, and the Department of Justice received a total of 1,303 complaints.