Refugee Office Under Audit for Treatment of Migrant Children

The health department’s inspector general will examine whether the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program properly followed policy

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general announced an audit of the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program to determine whether the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) followed its policies and procedures, and to examine the frequency and reason for transferring children between care provider facilities. The Trump administration has come under fire for numerous reports of inhumane, unsanitary conditions and abuse at detention facilities housing children in its custody. Restore Public Trust released the following statement in response:

“It is right that the inspector general is auditing the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program,” said Lizzy Price, director of Restore Public Trust. “On the Trump administration’s watch, children in government custody were traumatized and abused. Some even died. But this audit cannot be the only way that officials are held accountable for the administration’s harmful treatment of migrant children. We must also ensure that no one involved in implementing the heinous family separation policy is able to land a cushy corporate job after leaving the administration.”

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