TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) –
A Kansas legislative leader says a former federal prosecutor has assembled a team of attorneys to provide legal services to immigrant children separated from their parents and detained in group homes in Topeka.
Wichita Democrat and Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward announced Saturday that Barry Grissom, former U.S. attorney for Kansas, assembled the team to serve immigrant children housed by The Villages on a 400-acre site with five group homes.
The state Department for Children and Families did an inspection of the homes Friday. DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel declined Saturday to discuss how many of the children were separated from their parents during a recent crackdown on illegal U.S-Mexico border crossings.
Ward said now that the children are receiving services, the focus is helping them reunite with their families.