Exploitation Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children, Government Complicity, Assistance In Trafficking Of Children: Tara Lee Rodas, HHS Whistleblower, Testifies Before Congressional Committee

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas, there is a crisis of exploitation at the southern border affecting unaccompanied migrant children.

On a regular basis, they work overnight shifts at slaughterhouses, factories, and restaurants in order to pay their debts to traffickers and smugglers. Some of these children will be sold for sex.

In most cases, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will deliver these children to their captors who will use them in the ways described by Ms. Rodas. The sponsors, as the people involved in this exploitation are known, view children as commodities and assets with which to earn income. Many of the sponsors use fake addresses in order to obtain more children to use in this debt bondage. This might be the modern day version of indentured servitude, but she did not mention whether any of the children do actually escape from this bondage.

Because the ORR delivers the children to the sponsors who keep them in debt bondage, the US Government is unintentionally acting as a middleman in a multi-billion dollar human trafficking operation.

One of the issues causing this is that the children do not speak Spanish, and they do not speak English. They are indigenous children who speak a Mayan dialect. As such, they are unable to communicate to the employees of ORR and HHS to ask for help. They do not have social workers assigned to them, even though they are minors.


Tara Lee says this is a form of modern day slavery with wicked overlords running it.

She said that the reason she is testifying is because she is looking out for the children. The government is the only one who can stop this situation from continuing.

Her main concern is for the children, who are a captive victim population who are extorted, abused, and neglected through this child trafficking exploitation.

She suggests several steps for mitigating this situation, taking action to safeguard the vulnerable children. These included:

 

  • Oversight
  • Program of All-Inclusive Care For The Elderly (PACE) having access to the data on the children (this is a national group of social workers, not necessarily for the elderly only).
  • Instead of prioritizing speed over safety, when dealing with children, it should be safety over speed.
  • There should be a revamping of vetting of sponsors, to help ensure that a sponsor cannot have a continuous supply of children just by using different addresses or other dishonest measures
  • Case workers should be analytical minded, to enable them to understand the data regarding the children, in order to help facilitate them getting the help that they need.
  • Sponsors should be required to regularly report to ORR
  • Finally, stop retaliating against whistleblowers. This statement was not elaborated on further.

 

The testimony of this whistleblower gives more depth to the real-life issues being faced at the border. This crisis is not new, and has been going on for over a decade, according to Tara Lee. Since that it is the case, this has been a problem for many presidents, and it still has yet to be solved. Tara Lee hopes that by her testimony, and by the intervention of Congress in this matter, that the children in need of help and care will get the assistance that they need.

Banner Image: HHS Whistleblower Cover Image. Image Credit – Staten Islander News

On a regular basis, they work overnight shifts at slaughterhouses, factories, and restaurants in order to pay their debts to traffickers and smugglers. Some of these children will be sold for sex.

In most cases, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will deliver these children to their captors who will use them in the ways described by Ms. Rodas. The sponsors, as the people involved in this exploitation are known, view children as commodities and assets with which to earn income. Many of the sponsors use fake addresses in order to obtain more children to use in this debt bondage. This might be the modern day version of indentured servitude, but she did not mention whether any of the children do actually escape from this bondage.

Because the ORR delivers the children to the sponsors who keep them in debt bondage, the US Government is unintentionally acting as a middleman in a multi-billion dollar human trafficking operation.

One of the issues causing this is that the children do not speak Spanish, and they do not speak English. They are indigenous children who speak a Mayan dialect. As such, they are unable to communicate to the employees of ORR and HHS to ask for help. They do not have social workers assigned to them, even though they are minors.

Tara Lee says this is a form of modern day slavery with wicked overlords running it.


She said that the reason she is testifying is because she is looking out for the children. The government is the only one who can stop this situation from continuing.

Her main concern is for the children, who are a captive victim population who are extorted, abused, and neglected through this child trafficking exploitation.

She suggests several steps for mitigating this situation, taking action to safeguard the vulnerable children. These included:

 

  • Oversight
  • Program of All-Inclusive Care For The Elderly (PACE) having access to the data on the children (this is a national group of social workers, not necessarily for the elderly only).
  • Instead of prioritizing speed over safety, when dealing with children, it should be safety over speed.
  • There should be a revamping of vetting of sponsors, to help ensure that a sponsor cannot have a continuous supply of children just by using different addresses or other dishonest measures
  • Case workers should be analytical minded, to enable them to understand the data regarding the children, in order to help facilitate them getting the help that they need.
  • Sponsors should be required to regularly report to ORR
  • Finally, stop retaliating against whistleblowers. This statement was not elaborated on further.

 

The testimony of this whistleblower gives more depth to the real-life issues being faced at the border. This crisis is not new, and has been going on for over a decade, according to Tara Lee. Since that it is the case, this has been a problem for many presidents, and it still has yet to be solved. Tara Lee hopes that by her testimony, and by the intervention of Congress in this matter, that the children in need of help and care will get the assistance that they need.

Banner Image: HHS Whistleblower Cover Image. Image Credit – Staten Islander News


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