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From the Archives | U.S. Placed Immigrant Children With Traffickers, Report Says

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A child from Honduras watched a movie at a United States Border Patrol detention center in McAllen, TX., in 2014. CreditCreditJohn Moore/Getty Images

Emmarie Huetteman, New York (NY) Times
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/ Jan. 28, 2016 | The Department of Health and Human Services placed more than a dozen immigrant children in the custody of human traffickers after it failed to conduct background checks of caregivers, according to a Senate report released on Thursday.

Examining how the federal agency processes minors who arrive at the border without a guardian, lawmakers said they found that it had not followed basic practices of child welfare agencies, like making home visits.

Emmarie Huetteman is a correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Before that she worked at the New York Times, where she covered Congress with a focus on the House of Representatives and, most recently, the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


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