Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Report Abuse by US Officials During Detention

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In a complaint filed Wedneday on behalf of over 100 children, the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of immigrant rights organizations are accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of abuse and mistreatment of unaccompanied immigrant children.

"Border Patrol agents are committing appalling abuses of children all along the border," said Ashley Huebner, managing attorney of the Immigrant Children’s Protection Project at the National Immigrant Justice Center. "Even worse, Border Patrol has been committing these abuses for years, and our organizations have notified the agency numerous times, yet nothing has changed. The recent increase in arrivals of young people at the border makes it especially urgent that CBP ensure all children in their custody are treated safely and humanely."

Children detained by CBP have reported verbal, sexual and physical abuse; prolonged detention in poor conditions; lack of food and water and proper medical care.

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