HHS's Office of Refugee Resettlement Improved Coordination and Outreach to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Unaccompanied Alien Children   [open pdf - 632KB]

"Each year, tens of thousands of children without legal status enter the United States unaccompanied by their parents or legal guardians. These children are referred to as unaccompanied alien children (UAC). Between fiscal years 2012 and 2016, the number of UAC entering the United States increased dramatically. Concern for the safety and well-being of these children after their release from Federal custody has risen in recent years, especially in response to instances of human trafficking. In response to the influx and ongoing concerns, this Office of Inspector General (OIG) report follows up on a 2008 report on the placement, care, and release of UAC. In the 2008 report, OIG found a lack of clarity between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding their roles and responsibilities related to UAC. OIG also found that at the time neither Department checked on children's safety and well-being after their release from Federal custody. OIG recommended that the Departments delineate their roles and responsibilities in a formal agreement."

Report Number:
Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-09-16-00260
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Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Inspector General: http://oig.hhs.gov/
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