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An Arizona Detention Worker With HIV Has Been Charged With Molesting Eight Children

Migrant children in detention centers have been speaking up about their experiences as they get reunited with their families. There have been stories of abuse and forced labor have caught national attention. One detention center in Mesa, Arizona has become the latest focus as stories of sexual assault are coming to light. First, 32-year-old Fernando Magaz Negrete, an employee at the detention center, was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Now, Levian Pacheco, a 25-year-old employee at the same facility who is HIV-positive, has been accused of molesting eight teenage boys.

Levian Pacheco, a Southwest Key employee in Mesa, Arizona has been charged with molesting eight children inside a detention center.

According to ProPublica, 25-year-old Pacheco was arraigned for molesting eight children under several charges, but also doing so while being HIV-positive. Pacheco’s crimes took place August 2016 and July 2017 at a Southwest Key facility in Mesa, Arizona. Southwest Key receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Pacheco has been charged with 11 sex offenses, and the accusations include forced oral sex.

Court documents show that Pacheco is being accused of performing oral sex “on two of the teenagers and tried to force one of them to penetrate him anally.” The other six teenagers that range between 15 and 17 allege that Pacheco “groped them through their clothing,” ProPublica reports.

Court documents also show that Pacheco was working with children for four months even though Southwest Key had not done a background check on him.

“These are vulnerable children in difficult circumstances, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at US Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families treats our responsibility for each child with the utmost care,” HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said to ProPublica. “Any allegation of abuse or neglect is taken seriously.”

This is just the latest report of molestations occurring inside Southwest Key centers. There have been several more.

These two cases are not the only ones. Several cases of molestation at detention centers have also been reported.

Recently a 6-year-old child that was separated from her mother was forced to sign a form which reported that she had been molested by another child inside a Southwest Key detention center.


READ: Separated Children Say Life In Detention Centers Included Cleaning Toilets, No Crying, And Daily Threats

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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