Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

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From the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations issued a staff report regarding the problems of trafficking among unaccompanied immigrant children. The report uses a case study in Marion, Ohio where multiple immigrant children were subject to trafficking, exploitation, and abuse from adult sponsors, and seeks to find if this was an unfortunate tragedy or a systematic problem. The report finds that there were multiple structural deficiencies in this process ranging from inadequate sponsorship verification and background checks to deficient home check-ins and post-release assistance for the immigrant children.
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Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, hearing on "Adequacy of the Department of Health and Human Services' Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children From Human Trafficking," 114th Cong., S.Hrg. 114-290, (2016, January 28)
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