Young immigrants holding a vigil in Virginia say they were abused by guards

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Young immigrants in Virginia held in a detention center, said they were guards abuse (Washington) – Virginia YiSuo just 14 years old of immigrant children being held in a juvenile detention center, Virginia, and they said, they were separate imprisoned was handcuffed and cuffed to prison for a long time, naked and in the concrete trembling in his cell.

In the shenandoah valley near the Virginia staunton youth center of abuse claims are detailed in the federal court filing, including from prison there months or years of latino teens six sworn statement. Several detainees said guards stripped them of their clothes and tied them to chairs with bags over their heads.

“When they used to restrain me and put me on a chair, they would handcuff me,” said a honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15. “They put a bag on your head, too.”

Translation in addition to the children in the court filing first-hand accounts, a child development experts before work within the facility, told the Associated Press that she saw there’s children because guards beating and fractures. She declined to be named because she was not authorized to discuss the children’s cases publicly.

In court documents, the detention facility’s lawyers have denied all allegations of physical abuse.

Many children were sent there after the U.S. immigration service accused them of belonging to violent groups, including ms-13. President Donald trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as his reason to fight illegal immigration.

But Kelsey Wong, the agency’s program director, told a recent congressional hearing that in many cases the children appeared not to be gang members and had mental health problems.

Shenandoah is one of only three U.S. juvenile detention facilities, and its federal contracts provide “safe placement” for children with problems with less restrictive housing. It was jointly established by seven neighbouring towns to target local children accused of serious crimes.

Since 2007, about half of the 58 beds have been occupied by men and women between the ages of 12 and 17 and face deportation proceedings. Although imprisoned in facilities like prisons, immigrant children have not been convicted.

On average, 92 migrant children a year cycle in Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.

Lawsuit filed against the ShenNa much where holdings of young hispanics “suffered against conscience unconstitutional, including staff, violence, abuse and overuse of isolation and restrictions, and refuse the necessary mental health care.”

The complaint by the washington-based legal defense group relates the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen arrested on the southern border. In 2015, the teenager fled violence against his father and a drug cartel and sought asylum in the United States.

After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he moved to shenandoah in April 2016 and was diagnosed with three psychiatric disorders, including depression, during a preliminary screening by psychologists. The lawsuit says the teenager has not received any further major mental health treatment.

The lawsuit reaffirms several suspected incidents of violence between latino children and staff at the shenandoah centre. It describes the guards as the majority of white, non-hispanic speakers who are inexperienced in dealing with people with mental illness.

In their affidavit, the teenagers reported that they spent most of their time in their cells, hours spent teaching, entertaining and dining in class. Some say they have never been allowed outside.

The lawsuit says poor conditions and verbal abuse often escalate into physical confrontation because depressed children perform well. Staff often respond by “exerting more power than is necessary to establish or restore control”.

For a 17-year-old Mexican, the lawsuit says workers suspected of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forced him to tear off his clothes for impromptu exploration. Although no prohibited items were found, the teenager was transferred to a unit designated for children with bad behaviour.

The lawsuit claims that latino children are often punished for being held in a chair for several hours, with handcuffs and irons on their legs. The lawsuit is said to have involved children beating workers while they were beating them.

The lawsuit alleges that the immigrant youth “suffered significant physical and psychological harm” as a result of the “malicious and abusive use of force”.

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