In a tragic incident on Friday, a migrant child has died while in U.S. custody.
As per standard procedure, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Division of Health for Unaccompanied Children (DHUC) within HHS is conducting a thorough review of the case, including a comprehensive examination of the child’s medical records. Additionally, a medical examiner investigation is already underway.
Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich posted the news to Twitter:
🚨Confirmed: A migrant child has died in U.S. custody.
HHS statement below. pic.twitter.com/z0QQiQYWYt
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) May 12, 2023
“The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our heart goes out to the family, with whom we are in touch. As is standard practice for any situation involving the death of an unaccompanied child or a serious health outcome, HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Division of Health for Unaccompanied Children (DHUC) is reviewing all clinical details of this case, including all inpatient health care records. A medical examiner investigation is underway. Due to privacy and safety reasons, ORR cannot share further information on individual cases of children who have been in our care.
While in ORR care, children have access to health care, legal services, translation services, and mental and behavioral health counselors and are able to connect with family through a phone call in a private area at a minimum of twice a week. A list of services and requirements can be found at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ orr/policy-guidance/unaccompanied-children-program-policy-guide-section-3#3.1.”