A lawsuit made public on Wednesday claims that federal authorities are forcibly drugging children who have been separated from their parents in order to manage their trauma. The medication with a range of psychotropic drugs is happening without knowledge or consent from the parents.

Children who are detained at the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas have allegedly been given the drugs no matter their mental condition, according to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Human Rights & Constitution Law in Los Angeles. Shiloh is an institution that offers specialization in behavioral and emotional problems for youth.

A child held at the facility said to attorneys, “The supervisor told me I was going to get a medication injection to calm me down. Two staff grabbed me, and the doctor gave me the injection despite my objection and left me there on the bed,” according to a report from Reveal News.

Attorney Carlos Holguin, a representative from the Center for Human Rights & Constitution Law told reporters, “If you’re in Shiloh then it’s almost certain you are on these medications. So if any child were placed in Shiloh after being separated by a parent, then they’re almost certainly on psychotropics.”


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The lawsuit alleges if children refused the drugs, they were held down and given them against their will. It went on to say that often children were coaxed into believing the drugs were vitamins or pills to help them gain weight. Some children were allegedly given up to nine different pills in the morning and six in the evening reporting the drugs gave them side effects such as fatigue and loss of walking ability.

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A mother of a separated child said that she nor her family were consulted about the medicine given to her daughter in spite of the fact the Shiloh facility had all of her contact details. Her daughter reportedly collapsed several times due to the medication.

This latest lawsuit was filed just days after the introduction of President Donald Trump Administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy to separate parents who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally from their children.

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