(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 41 pages of documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) which list 33 separate incidences of alleged sexual abuse in a one month time period.
Judicial Watch forced the release of the documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against Health and Human Services for:
All summaries from individual case files of reports of physical and/or sexual abuse or assault of Unaccompanied Alien Children under the care of HHS, its sub-agencies, and or VOLAGs [voluntary agency], contractors, grantees, and sub-grantees, to include all segregable, non-exempt information.
Records reflecting aggregated data of physical and/or sexual abuse and assault of UACs under the care of HHS, its sub-agencies, and or VOLAGs, contractors, grantees, and sub-grantees.
The records include a spreadsheet of data from the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement and lists 33 “sexual abuse allegations” involving “unaccompanied children” (UAC) for the time period of January 21, 2021, to February 26, 2021. These incidents seemed to be tied to “voluntary agencies” (VOLAGs), which are contractors for the federal government. Ten of the allegations of sexual abuse were made against staff and “non-staff” members. Twenty-one incidents of children sexually assaulting other children while in government contracted care facilities were reported. more here