HHS Reports 4,500 Migrant Child Abuse Cases, Fla. Rep. Says

Law360 (February 26, 2019, 9:26 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement received more than 4,500 allegations of sexual abuse against immigrant children in its custody from 2014 to 2018, according to documents released by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Deutch told the committee that the documents, provided to him by HHS, show that at least 154 of the complaints involved detention facility staff, signaling an "environment of systemic sexual assaults by staff on children."

Deutch pressed administration officials on whether they discussed the risks of sexual abuse in HHS custody with children and...

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