New Data Shows at Least 1,000 Detained Children Allegedly Sexually Abused in Custody Each Year


Newly released data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that each year for the last four years officials have received over 1,000 allegations of sexual abuse while in custody of children detained by the Department of Homeland Security being held at shelters. Nearly two hundred of these involved alleged abuse by staff.

“These HHS documents detail a staggering number of sexual assaults on unaccompanied children in their custody,” Congressman Ted Deutch said. “Together, these documents detail an unsafe environment of sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied minors. With the number of allegations each year roughly breaking down to one sexual assault per week for the last three years, clearly this Administration is not equipped to keep these children safe inside their facilities. Congress and the public demand answers and a clearer understanding of how these allegations are being investigated and what is being done to protect these vulnerable children.”

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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