Report: Child Migrants Are Allegedly Being Sexually Abused While In U.S. Custody

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Department of Health and Human Services officials refused to meet with Congress about migrant child abuse.

According to Roll Call, Trump officials overseeing the care of migrant children are refusing to meet with Congress about allegations involving the sexual abuse of children in facilities supervised by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS shelters children who were apprehended at the U.S. border. The children are transferred to the custody of nonprofits such as Southwest Key Programs and BCFS. The nonprofits receive millions of federal grant dollars to care for the children. Still, there have been reports of neglect and abuse, and rumors of lavishly compensated executives.

Sexual abuse by caretakers has been reported by children 98 times over the past two years. A third of all the allegations of sexual misconduct were brought up to the Department of Justice last year.

The data on sexual abuse first surfaced during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the child separation policy. Since then, HHS has refused to meet with Congress.