Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles on Monday ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles on Monday ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies. Staff members at Shiloh admitted to signing off on medications in lieu of a parent, relative, or legal guardian, according to Gee’s ruling. Government officials defended this practice, saying they provided these drugs only on "an emergency basis" when a child's "extreme psychiatric symptoms" became dangerous. The judge cited testimony from children who said they were given tablets "every morning and every night." Officials "could not have possibly" administered medications to children on an emergency basis every day, Gee wrote. Children testified in court filings that staff with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement would sometimes not tell them what drugs they were being given or why. Some reported being forcibly injected with drugs, and others said they felt that refusing medications would cause them to be detained longer.