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Migrant Kids Held in Ariz. Allege Sex Assault From US Agents

A 15-year-old girl from Honduras described a large, bearded officer putting his hands inside her bra, pulling down her underwear and groping her

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    Migrant Kids Held in Ariz. Allege Sex Assault From US Agents
    Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via Getty Images, File
    In this handout photo provided by the Office of Inspector General, overcrowding of families is observed by OIG at U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station on June 10, 2019 in McAllen, Texas.

    The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends beyond Texas to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona collected by government case managers and obtained by NBC News.

    A 15-year-old girl from Honduras held in Yuma, Arizona, described a large, bearded officer putting his hands inside her bra, pulling down her underwear and groping her as part of what was meant to be a routine pat down in front of other immigrants and officers.

    A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy said after he and others in his cell complained about the taste of the water and food they were given, CBP agents took the mats out of their cell in retaliation, forcing them to sleep on hard concrete.

    In a statement about the Yuma allegations, a CBP spokesperson said the agency "treats those in our custody with dignity and respect and provides multiple avenues to report any allegations of misconduct. ... The allegations do not align with common practice at our facilities and will be fully investigated." 

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    (Published Tuesday, July 2, 2019)