The contractor, MVM Inc., has claimed publicly that it does not operate “shelters or any other type of housing” for children.
New legal filings show immigrant children in U.S. custody are subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.
At least seven districts have sent students with special needs to Shiloh Treatment Center in recent years.
Attorneys for immigrant children held at a troubled Texas shelter say kids continue to be forcibly drugged there despite a judge’s order.
Nine days before getting the new contract, defense contractor MVM was found to have housed migrant children in a vacant office building.
Separated families won a second chance to seek asylum under an agreement in federal court, but lawyers say the government has backed off its pledge.
Lawmaker on center for immigrant kids: ‘We cannot allow this house of horrors to continue to operate’
Twenty-five children continue to be held at Shiloh Treatment Center, which has documented cases of child deaths and serial abuse.
Nearly a month ago, a judge ordered immigrant children removed from a troubled Texas facility and told the government to stop drugging them without consent. That hasn’t happened.
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.
Besides separation, trauma is triggered by other factors: limited phone calls, crowded cells, lack of information about family whereabouts.
A judge has OK’d a plan to reunite 366 children with their deported parents. But questions linger about whether reunifications will occur in the U.S.
Nearly 1,600 children have been reunited with their parents, the government reports. The parents of another 559 aren’t eligible for reunification.