Friday, June 28, 2019

The Detention of Immigrant Children with Disabilities in California: A Snapshot


Disability Rights California released a report looking inside the facilities housing “unaccompanied” immigrant children in California. 


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for housing unaccompanied immigrant children in a variety of placements ranging from short-term foster care to locked juvenile detention facilities. Many of these children arrive having experienced trauma, including symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions. Some children also have physical, sensory, or other disabilities.


Disability Rights California (DRC) interviewed approximately 150 immigrant children held in ORR custody. These interviews were part of DRC’s monitoring effort aimed at increasing transparency and ensuring the fair treatment of immigrant children with disabilities.


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