Communication and Management Challenges Impeded HHS's Response to Zero-Tolerance Policy [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Document: "Within HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services], the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program serves minors who have no lawful immigration status in the United States and do not have a parent or legal guardian available in the United States to provide care and physical custody. A network of more than 100 HHS-funded care provider facilities furnish housing, food, medical care, mental health services, educational services, and recreational activities for such children until HHS can identify an appropriate sponsor (typically a parent or close relative) to take custody. [...] Given the impact of the zero-tolerance policy on vulnerable children and families, OIG [Office of Inspector General] conducted this review to examine challenges that HHS and care provider facilities faced in responding to the policy and carrying out the court-ordered reunification effort. We also sought to identify actions that HHS can take to improve program operations."
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-BL-18-00510
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.hhs.gov/