WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.
The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years.
Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.
“Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me,” said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15-years-old. “Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn’t really move. … They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on.”
In addition to the children’s first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with bruises and broken bones they blamed on guards. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children’s cases.
In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all the allegations of physical abuse detailed in the lawsuit, which span from 2015 to 2018.
Many of the children were sent there after U.S. immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.
Trump said Wednesday that “our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job” cracking down on MS-13 gang members. “We’re throwing them out by the thousands,” he said.
But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries — problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.
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Trump is an overt racist who has been in human trafficking for years. His wife is an overt racist as well.
Trump has overtly threatened to kill families, and there is evidence of other threats including the death of a young girl, and the silencing of hundreds. Modeling industry is the primary sex trafficking vehicle in the world.
Trump could make millions by selling children, he would do it. There is nothing to suggest otherwise.
See the difference ?
sorry to see that not those who created the problem are held accountable but those who have to handle it and find a solution. All 4 or 8 years another puppet has to deal with the old crap the former puppets had left behind.
Those who created this problem stay much longer in business to do their dirty work until the end and burden it to those who only stay in for a very short period. And those who carry the burden are accused of failure
The short span attention to most themes may justify this, people forget too fast
SCANDALOUS! What the Media ISN’T Telling You
Well, I can say I did 2000 miles on a bus, and had blood in my urine as a result. That is a lot of miles on a bus.
This group of racist idiots in charge, said before they were going to “kill their families’ about groups in the Mid East, and now they are doing this, here. It’s an embarrassing time to be a veteran.
Something I noticed in Guatemala, that was really weird. I never heard babies crying, after weeks of being in all kinds of places. When I noticed it, I tried to figure out why. The mothers carry them everywhere by using a blanket that can flip from front to back, for breast feeding. Even when working in the fields the child is in contact with their mothers in this way. very close family groups. They would not easily risk being separated for a stupid reason. America is not a good neighbor right now. The richest country.
I worked in mental health for years, mostly with male teenagers. When you place a teen in a locked door facility, imagine if a child without mental health issues could succeed in the same environment. Sometimes you leave the child with no other choice but failure.
VT news sinks to new lows and it’s obvious what is their agenda. They are as prejudiced and biased as much as CNN and MSNBC.
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