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19 Jun 2018

Tim Fernholz, Quartz

US defense contractors profit from child detention—and you might, too

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General Dynamics is one of the largest defense contractors in the country... It is also caring for the detained migrant children that the US government has separated from their parents...  Since 2000, it has worked for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. This entails “casework support services to help ensure special needs of unaccompanied children are met, including medical requirements, and to facilitate family reunification, only after children are under the care of Health and Human Services” according to a statement provided by General Dynamics Information Technology spokesperson Jay Hauck... With so many new children in the system, General Dynamic has begun advertising for jobs to help process all of the tiny prisoners...These very specific help-wanted ads have attracted notice from reporters and from activist groups Sleeping Giant and Grab Your Wallet, who have begun contacting the General Dynamics and another contractor,MVM, Inc. to let them “know how they feel about making money on locking children in cages.” MVM is a privately-held former CIA contractor with a checkered history that works with ORR to manage emergency shelters... In 2017, General Dynamics made more than $4 billion on IT contracts like these.