Medication Confiscation: How Migrant Children Are Placed in Medically Vulnerable Conditions.
Halevy-Mizrahi, Noy R. Harwayne-Gidansky, Ilana.
Published: January 2020
Vol. 145, No. 1 , p. 1-3
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove, IL 60007-1098
Immigration across the US-Mexico border has increased dramatically since 2014. The current US immigration system system is overwhelmed and ill equipped to handle such volumes, leading to a major disruption in medical care and services granted to refugee and immigrant children. More specifically, the health of these children is of dire concern because of overcrowded facilities with infectious disease exposures, insufficient access to medical services for children with underlying medical conditions, and poor support for the consequences of the challenging travel from their country of origin. Consequently, within the past year alone, at least 6 pediatric deaths have occurred while in US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention centers. Since their stories were publicized, there has been a growing concern raised both by the general public and the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding the treatment of children at these facilities. (Author abstract)
MIGRANT CHILDREN; Undocumented immigrants; CHILD HEALTH; MEDICAL NEGLECT; INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT; INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILDREN