Independent topical source of current affairs, opinion and issues, featuring stories making news in Canada from immigrants, newcomers, minorities & ethnic communities' point of view and interests.

Shenandoah Valley: Immigrant Teens and Health Issues

shenandoah valley: Virginia investigators say they've found no evidence of abuse at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Va., after immigrant teens described being strapped to chairs with their heads covered with bags, according to Toronto Star. Zachary Wajsgras / The Associated Press file photo The regulators did make several recommendations to improve conditions inside the facility, including hiring more bilingual staff and better screening to provide care for detainees who suffer from mental health issues. But investigators concluded the harsh treatment described by detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state's legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and obtained by The Associated Press. Virginia Gov. They also described being stripped of their clothes and locked in solitary confinement, sometimes strapped to chairs with bags over their heads. Ralph Northam ordered the review in June hours after the AP published first-person accounts by children as young as 14 who said they were handcuffed, shackled and beaten at the facility, located near Staunton, Virginia. ( As reported in the news.