Migrant children in shelters long term

At least 942 children have spent a year or longer in shelters since late September 2014.

Years in shelter
Still in custody as of Aug. 12, 2020
Year of entry







Methodology: As part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit settlement, Reveal acquired the records of 266,021 children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. We removed 118 records because they were unintelligible. For example, some records stated that a child was discharged on a date that precedes the date the child was admitted. Continue reading our methodology.
Source: Department of Health and Human Services records acquired from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Reveal
Credit: Melissa Lewis, Soo Oh and Aura Bogado/Reveal