Portman to HHS: You Continue to Evade Responsibility for Placing Children to Traffickers

January 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today questioned Administration officials on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) troubling policies that placed children into the hands of a human trafficking ring that eventually enslaved them in Marion, Ohio.

In an exchange with Acting Assistant Secretary of HHS’ Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg, Portman questioned why the Administration continues to evade responsibility.

You can view the exchange here

Greenberg: …I’ve had multiple conversations about trying to identify what our authority is and what else we can be doing...

Portman: …You have kids who actually told HHS that this sponsor was not a family friend…we even have a situation when somebody said as soon as I got to the airport…the so-called sponsor took off. They told you that.

Obviously you have a responsibility here, you’re not going to be able to say there isn’t adequate legal basis for you to keep these kids out of the hands of traffickers when it is so obvious there was no check done. I am very discouraged about what we are hearing today because you continue to try to evade responsibility when it is so obvious.


Portman’s report can be viewed here.  A livestream of the hearing is available here.