Nine days before getting the new contract, defense contractor MVM was found to have housed migrant children in a vacant office building.
The contractor, MVM Inc., has claimed publicly that it does not operate “shelters or any other type of housing” for children.
The 12 deficiencies reported at the New Hope shelter are among 37 that inspectors found at its parent company’s two shelters in the past three years.
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.
Key numbers show how policy changes have touched people of all ages, some just arriving, others who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives.