Unaccompanied Assault

UAC: Unaccompanied Alien Child, Classification by Health and Human Services, for migrant children in detention

As we come up on the two year anniversary of the Family Separation policy implementation by the current administration, we decided to take a look at the data available documenting the magnitude of the crisis. Through Unaccompanied Assault, we have focused on understanding the plight of the most adversely affected, unaccompanied minor children. These children, have either entered the US without a guardian or have been separated from them at the border. As it is well documented, due to the lack of departmental accountability, data documenting the separation and the status of the children is difficult to procure.  Through research collaborations, we have managed to estimate the demographics of this population, and go further to expose one of their greatest threats: sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Crisis

The sexual assault crisis among Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in the Southern Border with Mexico was generated by the zero-tolerance policy implemented by President Trump.  The Trump immigration policy has stripped thousands of migrants of basic human rights and questions the moral ground of the American system. Children are being separated from their parents and/or entering “care facilities”/detention centers where they are kept for unknown periods of time. The conditions at these centers are inhumane housing more and more children as the crisis worsens. The environment in these facilities is optimal for enabling microcosms for sexual assault. These children are scared, far away from home, have sub-par supervision and often do not speak English. In some cases, the children are assaulted by the very care workers that are responsible for their care. The purpose of this research is to expose the sexual assault epidemic affecting unaccompanied minors and to shed light on the lack of information facilitated by current administration, on this regrettable topic.

Territorial Empathy obtained the following information from Rep. Ted Deutch's office, who found these documents while investigating the implementation of the family separation crisis. Due to a lack of transparency, the majority of the documents were shared as print copies or photocopies of source data sets. We digitized, compiled and analyzed these documents to better understand the epidemic of sexual assault. Through Unaccompanied Assault we aim to create tools that can help changemakers advocate for reform on all manners affecting unaccompanied minors.

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