WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to federal data released Tuesday.
The cases include allegations of inappropriate touching, staff members allegedly watching minors while they are bathing and showing pornographic videos to minors. Some of the allegations included inappropriate conduct at minors in shelters against other minors, as well as by staff members.
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Released the Health and Human Services Department data at a hearing on the Trump administration's policy of family separations at the border. The data span both the Obama and Trump administrations. The figures were first reported by Axios
From October 2014 to July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of Health and Human Services, received 4,556 complaints. The Department of Justice received an additional 1,303 complaints, including 178 allegations of sexual abuse at adult staff.
Health and Human Services officials said the majority of allegations were substantiated, and they defended their care of children. 21 PHOTOS
Inside a migrant shelter on the US-Mexico border