More than 2,600 kids were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy. What happened to those children? Reveal’s investigative reporting team looked at facilities across the country to answer that question.
After being separated from their parents at the border, some of the children were held in office buildings operated by a company without a child care license. This is the story of a child who stayed in those offices.
This is one of many stories of migrant children who have spent time in federal custody without a parent. Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.
Seventy-one companies receive funds from the federal government to house and supervise unaccompanied minors. Nearly half of the $3.4 billion paid to the companies in the last four years went to places with serious allegations of mistreating children.
See for yourself where the children have been housed. Click on the red dots for information on the shelters.
Explore extensive written coverage of family separation in Reveal’s “Kids on the Line” series
Meet the real-life Wilson and Tonita in our co-production with PBS NewsHour.
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Illustrations by Brian Britigan for Reveal. Interactive web design by Michael I Schiller & Gabriel Hongsdusit.