Another Case of Alleged Sex Abuse Reported at Homestead Shelter

A new report details a case of alleged sexual abuse between two minors at the Homestead facility that houses unaccompanied migrant children.

The Florida Department of Children and Families received the report in May, the News Service of Florida reported. No details were provided due to confidentiality issues.

This is the seventh report of sexual abuse at the center, which has seen an influx of migrant children. It houses approximately 3,000 since it opened in February of 2018, making it the largest migrant shelter in the nation.

"Nobody seems to look at what's happening. Everything a secret," said Jonathan Fried, executive director of WeCount, an immigrant rights organization. "The people who work there are sworn to secrecy, there’s something wrong going on there."

The DCF tells New Service of Florida that they have "erroneously accepted" the May report, which has been referred to the federal government.

"In this case of alleged sexual abuse, DCF can't investigate it, because it's on federal land," Fried said.

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