Unaccompanied migrant children brought across the southern border suffered physical and sexual abuse according to documents recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), according to Fox News.
The documents were obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act several months after the request was made in May.
Thirty-three cases of “sexual abuse” against minors occurred in voluntary agencies with contracts with the federal government between January 21 and February 25 of this year.
Judicial Watch President Tom Tom Fitton told Fox News in a statement that the documents show that in addition to the shocking reports of sexual abuse in shelters for these unaccompanied children, “there is violence among the UACs themselves.”
Fitton did not hesitate to blame the Biden administration for what these unaccompanied migrant children are experiencing.
“It is no surprise that Biden administration’s enabling of human trafficking has resulted in violence and the abuse of children,” he said.
Twenty-one of the sexual abuse cases involved minors, while 10 involved both staff and non-staff members. In turn, there were two reports of sexual abuse between one migrant child and another.
Sexual abuse of unaccompanied migrant children occurs in shelters throughout the country.
The identities of the alleged abusers and their victims were not disclosed in documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
At the Baptist Children and Family Services shelter in Baytown, Texas, a child reported that a 17-year-old boy from Guatemala was repeatedly beaten in the chest while lying on the floor by his roommate.
According to the document, the victim, for safety reasons, was moved to a different room and did not want to discuss the incident with shelter officials, so the incident was not reported to the local police or Child Protective Services.
It should be noted that earlier this month, it came to light that the Biden administration lost contact with 4,890 unaccompanied children out of the 14,600 who entered the country illegally across the border with Mexico between January and May.
Axios obtained the information from the response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that once the minors were handed over to adults, oversight would disappear.
“While we make every effort to voluntarily check on children after we unite them with parents or sponsors and offer certain post-unification services, we no longer have legal oversight once they leave our custody,” the official said.
These losses of contact could cover up various forms of exploitation of minors, options that the Justice Department is investigating, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit (HTPU) Director Hilary Axam referred to on July 21.
“Some of these situations appear to involve dozens of unaccompanied minors all being released to the same sponsor and then exploited for labor in poultry processing or similar industries without access to education,” Axam said according to Bloomberg Law.