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When Migrant Children Disappear, Many Cases Remain Unsolved

Culpeper, Virginia — Jessica Mariela Domingo-Méndez skipped breakfast the morning of Jan. 20, 2023, and ran out the front door of her sister’s house to catch the school bus. The 17-year-old never returned home. Sixteen-year-old Horlandina Lopez-Perez left her aunt’s home in the middle of the night on Oct. 1, 2022, with her four-month-old son and a few baby clothes. Alexander Perez-Méndez, 17, thanked his sponsor for dinner on Dec. 4, 2021, before going to bed. That was the last time the sponsor saw him. “She just left. She didn’t say anything,” said Jessica’s older sister, Patricia Perez-Méndez (No relation to Alexander Perez-Méndez).

Taxpayers Paid Millions To Design A Low-Cost Ventilator For A Pandemic

Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tried to plug a crucial hole in its preparations for a global pandemic, signing a $13.8 million contract with a Pennsylvania manufacturer to create a low-cost, portable, easy-to-use ventilator that could be stockpiled for emergencies. This past September, with the design of the new Trilogy Evo Universal finally cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, HHS ordered 10,000 of the ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile at a cost of $3,280 each. But as the pandemic continues to spread across the globe, there is still not a single Trilogy Evo Universal in the stockpile. Instead, last summer, soon after the FDA’s approval, the Pennsylvania company that designed the device — a subsidiary of the Dutch appliance and technology giant Royal Philips N.V. — began selling two higher-priced commercial versions of the same ventilator around the world.

Secretary Tom Price Protested At His Home

By ADAPT. Over 200 activists from the disability rights group ADAPT are gathered at the Health and Human Services’ Secretary Tom Price’s Home. The activists are calling on Mr. Price to ensure the integration and equality of disabled Americans. ADAPT protest outside of HHS Secty Tom Price's home September 27, 2017 ADAPT protest outside of HHS Secty Tom Price's home September 27, 2017 We attempted to present our demands yesterday at the Health and Human Services headquarters, but were instead met with undersecretary John A. Bardis, who was less then helpful, given that he didn’t seem to fully understand the issues we are dealing with, including block granting Medicaid. “People with disabilities at the Judge Rottenberg Center are undergoing torture that we wouldn’t inflict on animals. People are being incarcerated in institutional settings with less due process than we provide people who are accused of crimes. When funding is available people may be forced into institutional settings by a lack of attendant care, caused in part by low wages.” said Bruce Darling, ADAPT organizer.
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