Wilson should have been taken to a licensed shelter, with beds and showers. Instead, he was taken to an unfurnished, unlicensed office building.
Aura Bogado is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, covering immigration. Previously, she was a staff writer at Grist, where she wrote about the intersection of race and the environment. She also was the news editor at Colorlines and a writer for The Nation. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The American Prospect, Mother Jones and a variety of other publications. She holds a bachelor's degree in American studies from Yale University, as well as a certificate in indigenous peoples rights and policy from Columbia University. Bogado is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.
Even as it fails to reunify hundreds of families, the federal government says the court oversight mandated in a landmark case is no longer needed.
Eliseo Cárdenas Zetina disappeared after trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2008. His five children had held out hope that he was still alive.
Reveal found a second Phoenix office building where MVM Inc. detained immigrant children. An insurance executive says they washed in bathroom sinks.
Phoenix city councilwoman announced lease termination after government inspectors were unable to enter the building.
The defense contractor had previously said children were only there for short periods, while awaiting flights.
Neighbors first saw immigrant children being ushered into the vacant Phoenix office building on June 4.
We continue our ongoing investigation into what happens to immigrant children after they’re detained by the U.S. government.
The contractor, MVM Inc., has claimed publicly that it does not operate “shelters or any other type of housing” for children.
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