Five migrant children are suing the Trump administration, claiming they endured physical and emotional abuse while being detained by the federal government, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.
The children, whose ages range between 11 and 17, filed a federal complaint in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. They are alleging the conditions of their detainment were unsafe and unlawful.
They are being represented by advocacy organizations National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
“The government is cruelly inflicting trauma on children by subjecting them to jail-like conditions for prolonged periods, drugging them with powerful psychotropic medication without oversight or consent, and arbitrarily denying them release to family members,” the NCYL said in a statement on Friday.
The lawsuit focuses on the length of detainment as well as the Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) administration of psychotropic medications to children, which they say occurred without proper safeguards such as parental consent.
The lawsuit alleges that one of the plaintiffs, a partially deaf 16-year-old named Daniela Marisol, was emotionally traumatized when she was separated from her family. Daniela Marisol, who came to the U.S. from Honduras, was reportedly admitted to a psychiatric hospital after she was separated from her sister.
During this time, the lawsuit alleges she was administered drugs including “atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants,” without proper consent.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, according to NBC.
The children are hoping to end the ORR’s detainment of migrant children.