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3 Separated Children Were Sexually Abused At Shelters, El Salvador Says

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Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, told NPR that there is always a risk to children's safety when they are held in large, institutional settings. Because facilities drastically expanded in a short period of time to accommodate more children, she said, there was less capacity to screen staff and provide other protections.

"Clearly the U.S. government, in this instance, separated children from their parents without any real plan for their long-term care or reunification," she said. "And in doing so, endangered thousands of children."