Judge Orders Trump Administration To Stop Forcibly Drugging Immigrant Kids
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered the Trump administration to stop giving imprisoned immigrant children psychotropic medication without the consent of their parents or guardians.
The federal judge found that Trump administration officials had been drugging imprisoned children at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, in violation of state child welfare laws.
Gee also ordered that the Trump administration move all children out of the Shiloh facility, except for children deemed by a licensed professional to pose a “risk of harm” to themselves or others.
Trump administration officials defended drugging the imprisoned children by saying the drugs were only used on “an emergency basis” when a child’s “extreme psychiatric symptoms” became dangerous.
However, Gee destroyed that claim by pointing to testimony from children who were given pills “every morning and every night.”
Gee ruled that Trump administration officials “could not have possibly” given medications to children on an emergency basis every day.
The imprisoned children told the court that U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement would sometimes not tell them why they were being drugged.
The imprisoned kids recalled feeling side effects such as nausea, dizziness, depression and weight gain.
One child held at Shiloh, identified as Isabella M., told the court about the forced medications:
I witnessed staff members forcefully give medication four times . . Two staff members pinned down the girl . . . and a doctor gave her one or two injections.
Isabella’s mother testified that Isabella was prescribed multiple psychotropic medications at Shiloh:
Nobody asked me for permission to give medications to my daughter, even though the staff at Shiloh has always had my telephone number and address.
(Source: The Washington Post)