"HHS closely monitors referral numbers adjusting bed capacity to respond to changing levels of need," department spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer said in a written statement. "As such, today we are announcing that all unaccompanied migrant children sheltered in the Homestead facility have either been reunified with an appropriate sponsor or transferred to a state licensed facility within the ORR network of care providers as of August 3, 2019."Homestead, a temporary influx shelter, is the only facility for unaccompanied child migrants run by a for profit entity (contracting with the federal government to provide custodial services) and is the largest such facility in the country for children.
The base had been announced in early June as a temporary shelter to help the Office of Refugee Resettlement the component within HHS that has custody of migrant children meet the growing demand for migrant housing as the agency experienced a nearly 57 percent increase in referrals of child migrants from immigration agencies over the last year.According to the spokesperson, referrals in recent weeks have been on the decline, easing the pressure to find additional, temporary housing.
According to records obtained by Axios, between October 2014 and July 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received more than 4,500 allegations of unaccompanied minors being sexually harassed or assaulted while in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. During the same time frame, 1,303 complaints were filed with the Department of Justice. Most of the cases involved a detained minor abusing another detained minor, but 178 of the complaints were lodged against adult staff working with the minors. Axios notes that the allegations include groping and showing pornographic videos to minors.CNN reports that Representative Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, released these documents to the public and discussed them during a February 26th hearing about the administration 's zero tolerance immigration policy.
Bitglass, the Next Gen CASB company, has released its fifth annual Healthcare Breach Report. Each year, Bitglass analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Wall of Shame, a database containing information about breaches of protected health information (PHI) that affected 500 or more individuals. In 2019 s report, the latest data is compared to that of previous years, revealing key trends and cybersecurity challenges facing the healthcare industry. Breaches recorded in the HHS database are categorized into one of the following groups:
The Department of Health and Human Services could establish a legal definition of gender under Title IX, which would be based on a person;s genitalia at birth, a memo obtained by the news outlet showed. Title IX is the federal law that bars gender discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding.According to the memo, HHS would define gender as being a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.
The United States is working with Latin American governments to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases from Venezuela refugees, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said to Reuters on October 2, 2018. HHS Secretary Azar said it was important to effectively treat Venezuelan migrants before diseases like malaria, diphtheria, and measles spread through neighboring countries.
The HHS inspector general;s long awaited report chastised the department for flouting federal travel rules, which require officials to book trips in the most cost efficient way for taxpayers.The inspector general estimated that the government spent nearly $1.2 million on Price 's travel during his seven months in office. That included more than $700,000 in military flights on two foreign and two domestic trips, as well as more than $480,000 for various domestic trips by private chartered aircraft.
Although Health and Human Services officials said on a 26 June 2018 press call that they are working to reunite children with their families, Commander Jonathan White, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) said the agency had in its care 2,047 children who had been taken under zero tolerance only six fewer than the figure given for six days earlier. He also said HHS is waiting for Congress to pass legislation modifying the Flores settlement agreement a law that prohibits detention of children for more than 20 days.During Senate testimony earlier in the day, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told legislators children couldn t be reunited with parents in detention unless the law was modified or parents completed their legal process:
How the government would reunite families has been unclear because the families are first stopped by Customs and Border Patrol, with children taken into custody by HHS and adults detained through Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Children have been sent to shelters around the country, raising alarm that parents might never know where their children can be found.The information comes as protests erupted around the country over the separations and the future of families arriving to the US illegally.
A senior administration official at HHS tells the Washington Examiner that the division expects to take in roughly 250 children per day as border officials separate kids from parents or guardians accused of attempting to enter the country illegally. 11,500 children are reportedly already being held, which would push the number to 30,000 by August 31.The Examiner #8216;s figure of 11,500, though, is considerably higher than the official tally from the Department of Homeland Security. Officials with that organization on Friday said that a total of 1,995 children were separated from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border during a six week period that ended last month.
Sponsored byHundreds of migrant kids separated from parents are stuck at border stationsShare this Latest StoriesHundreds of migrant kids separated from parents are stuck at border stations HHS officials will tour three bases in Texas to see if they are suitable to house unaccompanied migrant children, who now number more than 11,000. by Julia Ainsley and Courtney Kube Jun.05.2018 8:32 AM ETA Honduran mother walks with her children next to the U.S. Mexico border fence as they turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents near Penitas, Texas on February 22, 2018.John Moore Getty ImagesBreaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEWASHINGTON Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, according to two U.S. officials and a document obtained by NBC News.
"Yes," Sessions said. "What's happening is we are having more people coming bringing children with them entering between the ports of entry, between the ports of entry illegally, and they're not, you cannot give them immunity. That's an offense. We believe every person that enters the country illegally like that should be prosecuted."He argued that most of the detained children are teenagers and therefore more capable of taking care of themselves than infants or toddlers. While Sessions claims that Health and Human Services (HHS) takes care of these separated youths, he remained firm on prosecuting their parents who choose to bring them to the country "recklessly and improperly and illegally."
Recent attention to the issue began at a Senate subcommittee hearing in April, when Steven Wagner, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), testified that his agency had checked up on 7,635 migrant children who crossed the U.S. Mexico border on their own and were then placed with adult sponsors in the U.S. The agency found that 6,075 children were still living with their sponsor, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. The rest -the 1,475 lost children -were unaccounted for.The children in that tally arrived in the U.S. without their parents, so they were not separated from their families by federal officials. That doesn 't mean there aren 't real concerns about their safety; abusive homes and human traffickers are just two of the worries. It 's also possible that sponsors may choose not to answer calls from federal officials to avoid deportation -for the children or themselves. Either way, HHS has argued it is not legally responsible for what happens to the children after they leave its custody. But Senators from both parties have called on the agency to improve its monitoring. "These kids, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated properly, not abused or trafficked, " Republican Senator Rob Portman told the subcommittee in April.
Central American immigrants wait to be transported after turning themselves in to US Border Patrol agents John Moore Getty Images The internet was ablaze this weekend with reports that the US government had lost nearly 1,500 immigrant children inside the country. The news sparked outrage from advocates and activists, with some calling it a "crime against humanity . But experts say the reality while shocking isn t so simple.The backlash started when disturbing quotes from a Health and Human Services (HHS) official starting circulating on social media last week. Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the agency, told Congress in April that HHS had lost track of 1,475 immigrant children they had placed with sponsors inside the US while their asylum cases were processed.
The HHS admission that it didn't know where some of the children were was given to a Senate homeland security subcommittee, the New York Times reported. The Office of Refugee Resettlement had attempted to check in on the 7,635 children placed with sponsors, and while they managed to determine the whereabouts of the majority of them, there were still 1,475 who could not be accounted for, according to the Times. This has raised fears that the children may have ended up with human traffickers or smugglers, or in otherwise dangerous situations, according to Mother Jones. And the loss of these children is a particularly salient issue now, as the Trump administration has supported policies that would separate more parents from their children, CNN reported.
On 26 April 2018, the New York Times and the Associated Press both reported that the U.S. government had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it had placed into the homes of caregivers. The alarming nature of the headlines prompted many readers to question the veracity of the reports, but they are apparently true.The Times and AP reports were based on statements made by Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary of Administration for Children and Families for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on 26 April 2018 at a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee oversight hearing, statements which can be viewed in full here. According to that transcript, Wagner told senators:
Small National Review Logo Did the Feds Lose 1,475 Migrant Children? The Corner ... Subscribe Search National Review Search Text May. 27, 2018 Subscribe ... The Corner Immigration Did the Feds Lose 1,475 Migrant Children? By Rich Lowry About Rich Lowry Follow Rich Lowry on Twitter May 25, 2018 4:47 PM Children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America play on the beach near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S., prior to preparations for an asylum request in the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico April 29, 2018. (Jorge Duenes Reuters) That s what you would conclude from this USA Today opinion piece headlined, The feds lost yes, lost 1,475 migrant children. It s a piece that s a pretty good example of how fake news works there s some factual basis for the claim, but it s exaggerated or misunderstood, and then fed into the maw of the perpetual outrage cycle, in this case about the alleged extreme carelessness and heartlessness of the Trump administration toward migrant children.Some background: As we all know, in recent years there has been a flood of unaccompanied children (UAC) showing up at the border. The U.S. government attempts to unite UAC with a parent or close relative in the U.S. The HHS program to do this is longstanding and long pre dated the Trump administration.
A Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed on May 16 that the HHS will visit four of its sites in Texas and Arkansas within the next two weeks to assess them as possible child shelters.The spokesperson declined to say how many bed spaces would be available, or whether the sites had been used in the past to house illegal border crossers.