Governor Ralph Northam has ordered an investigation into claims of immigrant children being abused at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center.
Northam said he is concerned about reports of “disturbing allegations of abuse.”
The juvenile center has released the following statement about the complaint.
The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center believes the allegations of the Complaint to be without merit and looks forward to the opportunity to present evidence that will allow a jury to reach the same conclusion.
Governor Northam also sent a series of tweets listed below.
I share many Virginians’ concerns about disturbing allegations of abuse at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center. While the locally-operated center is subject to state oversight, the immigrants being housed there are subject to the oversight of the US Office of Refugee Resettlement.— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 21, 2018
However, this facility is in our Commonwealth. So I have asked @VAPSHS & the Department of Juvenile Justice to investigate these claims & report back to me about any steps that may be necessary at the state or federal level to ensure the safety of every child being held there.— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 21, 2018
If Virginia public safety officials find evidence of abuse or mistreatment at this facility, my administration will do everything we can to ensure the safety of these children.— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 21, 2018