An urgent battle is playing out between the U.S. government and immigration lawyers over detained children as COVID-19 sweeps across the country.
As American life grinds to a halt, the immigration system – with agencies across two federal departments – has often continued with business as usual.
VisionQuest has faced decades of citations for violence against youth in its custody.
The government pays for migrant children’s lawyers. Challenge the government, and they can lose their funding
For most migrant children detained alone, the only lawyers they’ll see are being paid by the same agency that’s holding them.
The new lawsuit builds on last week’s Reveal investigation, adding new cases of alleged abuse.
Many of the changes happened over the last 18 months, short-circuiting opportunities for children to get help.
Questions are growing about the medical care migrant children are receiving – or, as health experts fear, not receiving.
More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated since the Trump administration unveiled its “zero tolerance” policy in April.
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.