Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) Responds to Resignation of Southwest Key Programs Founder and CEO

March 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia lauded the sudden resignation of Dr. Juan Sanchez, Founder and CEO of Southwest Key Programs. The non-profit Southwest Key manages one of the largest networks of child detention centers for migrant children in government care.

“While Dr. Juan Sanchez’s resignation as Southwest Key Programs’ CEO is welcome news, the departure of one man will not erase the many allegations of self-dealing and abuse reported from their facilities or stop the increase of holding times for immigrant children under their supervision,” said Congresswoman Garcia. “His resignation will in no way shift our commitment to holding Southwest Key Programs accountable for their negligence and misconduct or deter us from opposing the opening of the new facility east of downtown Houston.”

Congresswoman Garcia continued, “I again call on federal officials and agencies to cease cooperation with Southwest Key Programs. We must finally put an end to the cruel policy of family separation.”


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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.