Investigate the Nearly 6000 Complaints of Sexual Abuse of Migrant Children in US Custody

This is one we called about last week but deserves some more of our time. Last week’s news was understandably consumed by both the Michael Cohen testimony and Trump’s failed summit with North Korea. However, we want to bring our attention back to the hearing held last Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

Last Tuesday, during a hearing to investigate the policy of Family Separation, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl) released documents that showed thousands of incidents of sexual abuse of immigrant children in U.S. custody were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

From October 2014 to July 2018 the ORR received 4,556 complaints, the DOJ received an additional 1,303 complaints. It’s unclear how many complaints overlap, but as Deutch said the data is clearly alarming.


“Together, these documents detail an unsafe environment of sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied minors,” Deutch said

ACTION: Investigate and End the Rampant Sexual Abuse of migrant children in US Custody

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [CITY, ZIP] in response to the recently published HHS documents that show thousands of reports of sexual abuse of immigrant minors in U.S. custody since 2015. This is one more in a string of human rights violations that we see coming from the child detention centers. Please push for an investigation into these sexual abuse allegations and do everything possible to protect migrant children, including defunding detention centers."

Background:

https://www.axios.com/immigration-unaccompanied-minors-sexual-assault-3222e230-29e1-430f-a361-d959c88c5d8c.html


https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/698397631/sexual-assault-of-detained-migrant-children-reported-in-the-thousands-since-2015

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/immigrant-children-sexual-abuse.html

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Seattle Indivisible Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 5th, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):

This Week's Meeting Topic: The Sunrise Movement and The Green New Deal!

Meet local leaders from Sunrise Seattle, part of the national Sunrise Movement, learn about the Green New Deal, and how you can get involved.

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.