July 11, 2019
Troubling new reports reveal that unaccompanied children, many of whom have fled to the U.S. in search of protection, are facing abusive treatment by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents charged with their care immediately after arriving in the U.S.
Children’s reports of sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse, threats, and retaliation by agents during their time in CBP custody are horrific. The accounts of prolonged detention of children in inhumane, unsanitary, and unsafe conditions at CBP facilities in Clint, Texas, and elsewhere are unacceptable. KIND has long advocated for reform and accountability to ensure the safety and well-being of children in our government’s custody. Here are our recommendations.