Documents released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) acknowledge incidents of physical and sexual abuse of unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the southern border.
Documents obtained from the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, reveal 33 instances of “sexual abuse” against unaccompanied minors tied to volutary agencies that contract with the federal government.
The incidents of sexual abuse were all alleged to have happened during the time that President Joe Biden dismantled former President Donald Trumps immigration policies.
“These documents show that not only are there shocking reports of sexual abuse occurring in shelters for unaccompanied children, but that there is violence among the UACs themselves,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.
“It is no surprise that Biden administration’s enabling of human trafficking has resulted in violence and the abuse of children,” Fitton added.
Of the instances reported, 10 were recorded to involve both “staff” and “non staff” sexually abusing unaccompanied children, 21 of the instances were between minors and 2 were reported to have been between an unaccompanied child and “other.”
There have been allegations of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in migrant faciities all across the country for months now. Judicial Watch obtained records through their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the organization filed in May.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration admitted to falling out of communication with thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, leaving the vulnerable to abuse.
In April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanded a San Antonio shelter be closed by the Biden administration amidst the sexual abuse allegations.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children,” Abbott said in a press statement at the time, demanding the White House close the facility and imploring the Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate the allegations.
“The Biden administration caused this crisis and has repeatedly failed to address it,” Abbott said. “The administration failed to plan for the influx of children that they invited to come. Now they face allegations of despicable child abuse and neglect.”