BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Muslim advocacy group is calling for a federal probe after it allegedly found Afghan refugees are experiencing “egregious mistreatment” at temporary housing in Baltimore.
The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said around 40 refugee families at an extended-stay facility in the city are in need of healthcare, documents, schooling for children, help with job placement, and other resources to settle into their new homes.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Warm Temperatures May Help Create A Severe Storm
The council claims it has learned of “a lack of caseworker check-ins with an elderly Afghan woman living alone who speaks no English, families being prematurely evicted even though their rooms have reportedly been paid for through February 9, and a pregnant Afghan woman expecting to deliver any day who has not been provided with basic support and prenatal care.”READ MORE: Early Voting Wins Preakness Stakes Amid Record Temperatures
The refugees have been at the facility since October 2020, after mass evacuations from Kabul in August, according to CAIR.MORE NEWS: Ravens' Football Clinic Helps Children Improve Sports Skills
The group is holding a press conference Wednesday to call for state and federal officials, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement, to investigate the reported living conditions.