Los Angeles Judge Orders Monitor On Child Detention Center Amid Forced Medication Claims
A Los Angeles judge ordered oversight of immigration authorities that handle children after a Texas detention center allegedly forced children to take psychiatric medication.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee rejected the government’s arguments Friday after lawyers claimed the children were not being given fair treatment, were forced to take medications against their will and were given the drugs without parental consent, according to Bloomberg.
The lawsuit was first filed on April 16 by Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, days after the Trump administration enacted its zero-tolerance policy to halt illegal immigration, Reuters reported June 20. The lawsuit argued that children held at facilities like Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas were most likely being given psychotropic drugs forcibly and consistently.
Gee said she will appoint someone for the monitor position within two weeks.
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