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Separated Migrant Children Are Headed Toward Shelters With A History Of Abuse And Neglect

By Aura Bogado, Patrick Michels and Vanessa Swales/Reveal and Edgar Walters/The Texas Tribune

Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion in the past four years to private companies operating immigrant youth shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and sexual and physical abuse, an investigation by Reveal and The Texas Tribune has found.

In nearly all cases, the federal government has continued to place migrant children with the companies even after serious allegations were raised and after state inspectors cited shelters with deficiencies, government and other records show.

Since 2003, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department has awarded nearly $5 billion in grants through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, mostly to religious and nonprofit organizations in 18 states, to house children who arrive in the country unaccompanied.

The program grew quickly in 2014, when around 70,000 children crossed the southern border alone.

Now this web of private facilities, cobbled together to support children with nowhere else to go, is beginning to hold a new population: the more than 2,000 6,000 children who arrived with their parents but were separated from them because of a Trump administration policy.

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Posted on June 20, 2018
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Separated Migrant Children Are Headed Toward Shelters With A History Of Abuse And Neglect

By Aura Bogado, Patrick Michels and Vanessa Swales/Reveal and Edgar Walters/The Texas Tribune
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.

Posted on June 20, 2018

Here's A List Of Organizations That Are Mobilizing To Help Immigrant Children Separated From Their Families

By Alex Samuels/The Texas Tribune
How you can help.

Posted on June 19, 2018

Dress Coded: Rules And Punishment For Black Girls Abound

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Some of the rules they describe are just plain silly. For instance, the charter school KIPP DC forbids "pants, shorts, or skirts that have patterns, lace, polka dots, stripes, holes, or words."

Posted on June 18, 2018

Forced Separation Of Families & Forced To-Term Pregnancies

By Leah Litman/Take Care
Our institutions are capable of producing evil. We know this because they have produced evil in the past, including evils we now recognize as legally wrong. At the time, people (including those who imagine themselves to be good) did nothing to stop it and remained silent. Sometimes, they even enabled it. It is easier to imagine that we would have done the right thing then, but harder to understand that we might not be doing the right thing now.

Posted on June 10, 2018

Jennings v. Rodriguez And The Forced Separation Of Families

By Leah Litman/Take Care
Prior administrations, in arguing for expansive authority over immigration and immigration detentions, created environments that were ripe for abuse, and have enabled some of this administration's abuses.

Posted on June 8, 2018

Report Reveals Rampant Wage Theft Among Top U.S. Corporations

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
Wage theft goes far beyond sweatshops, fast-food outlets and retailers. It is built into the business model of a substantial portion of Corporate America.

Posted on June 14, 2018

Law And Farce: The Forced Separation Of Families

By Leah Litman/Take Care
This is a problem entirely of DHS and ICE's own creation.

Posted on June 7, 2018

Immigration Sins Of The Past And The Forced Separation Of Families

By Leah Litman/Take Care via Common Dreams
Our system has largely allowed ICE to detain persons who are potentially removable or excludable, for as long as it deems necessary, and to hold them in shocking, inhumane conditions.

Posted on June 5, 2018

Springfieldhouse Rock: She's Just A Bill

By Raise Your Hand Action And The Beachwood Lyrics Desk
Sitting there on Cullerton's hill.

Posted on May 31, 2018

Mentally Ill Prisoners Win Injunction; Judge Declares IDOC's Failure To Provide Mental Health Care An "Emergency Situation"

By The Uptown People's Law Center
The judge ruled that IDOC's failure to provide mental health care constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, as well as violates the settlement agreement that the department entered.

Posted on May 28, 2018

Court Rules Government Officials Who Tweet To The Public Can't Block Users They Disagree With

By The Electronic Freedom Foundation
Ball's in your court, aldermen!

Posted on May 30, 2018

The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It's Not Schools That Are Dangerous

By Mike Males via Common Dreams
Students and adults in America's schools are only slightly more likely to be gun homicide victims than the general population in Denmark. For all gun killings (including homicides, suicides, and accidents), American schools are safer than most of Western Europe.

Posted on May 22, 2018

Thousands Illegally Denied Health Coverage In Illinois

By The Legal Council for Health Justice
State sued for Medicaid delay; tens of thousands suffering without coverage.

Posted on May 19, 2018

Any Educational Reform That Ignores Segregation Is Doomed To Failure

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Reformers keep trying to work around segregation, discrimination and structural racism.

Posted on May 15, 2018

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BOOKS - Demystifying The Big House.

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