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Families Divided

Feds sent immigrant kids to dangerous Texas youth facility, despite serious warning signs

Just as Texas stopped sending foster children to centers operated by one man, the U.S. government tossed him a new source of money: immigrant kids.

By Will Evans, Lance Williams and Matt Smith, Reveal
Shiloh Treatment Center, shown in an aerial photograph, is near Manvel, Texas, south of
Houston, ​and has received more than $33 million from the federal government for the care of immigrant youths.

Families Divided

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Drugging kids

Who is Clay Hill?

Dangerous restraints

Slapping, punching and kicking

Brielle Gillis arrived at Clay Dean Hill’s youth residential treatment centers in the 1990s as an
11-year-old foster child, removed from an abusive home. She says getting beat up was a part of
life at Hill’s facilities.

‘Controlling persons’

Relying on state oversight

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