‘If you’re a predator, it’s a gold mine’: Inside the abusive immigrant youth shelters

Unaccompanied minors and children separated at the border from their families are living in shelters where sexual abusers look after them. ProPublica obtained the police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of youth immigrant shelters run and/or contracted by the U.S. Health and…

Working-Class Families Are Getting Hit From All Sides

Many American families are financially insecure. Job growth remains slow and a growing number of jobs are unstable, which means people are vulnerable to layoffs or a cut in work hours that result in lost wages.1 Alongside increasing anxiety about their jobs, people also have…

Kansas investigates shelter for migrant kids that employs man with history of sex crimes

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is “actively looking into” The Villages, a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in Topeka, Kansas, after a ThinkProgress investigation found that its human resources officer, Jeffrey J. Montague, has a history of sex crimes. “The Kansas Department for…

Gov. Inslee: Trump admin won’t reunite all migrant families, will place some kids in foster care

The Trump administration does not intend to reunite all migrant families they’ve separated and might place some kids in foster homes, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee (D) said following a conference call with administration officials. Inslee was part of a conference call with Health and…

Sign-spotting at nationwide ‘Families Belong Together’ protests

The nationwide “Families Belong Together” protest took place in hundred of cities across the United States. Big cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. were represented, but sizable crowds also gathered in smaller towns. And while the subject was serious, as is often the case…

New audio reveals heartbreaking phone call a mother made to her detained 7-year-old son

Thousands of migrant families continue to grapple with the traumatizing effects of the Trump administration’s family separation policy, first implemented as part of a larger “zero-tolerance” immigration policy this spring. Currently 2,047 children are being held by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),…

The data point that destroys Trump’s argument for detaining immigrants

The Trump administration has regularly claimed that families seeking asylum who get released within the United States while they wait for their interviews and court dates do not show up. “Not surprisingly, many of those who are released into the United States after their credible…

The facilities where things go from bad to worse for children separated from their parents

The Trump administration has placed children who were separated from their families at the border in secure psychiatric facilities, according to organizations that work with migrant children. In the past, children have accused similar facilities of forcing them to take powerful psychiatric drugs, abusing and…

Religions condemn family separations but are their charities helping implement them?

The Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrating families at the border and putting babies and children into detention facilities as “unaccompanied” has drawn virtually universal condemnation from the leaders of almost every American religion. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy change on April 6, and since…