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Tomas Ixmata was 16 when he arrived at Casa Libre, a shelter for migrant youth. But when he would return from school for the day, he said, the house was often locked.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-immigrant-children-group-home-casa-libre-peter-schey/ 

Miguel Elias Guarchaj lived at Casa Libre in 2015. He would often return to find the home closed. Many days the fridge was empty, he said.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-immigrant-children-group-home-casa-libre-peter-schey/ 

Each of the former residents interviewed by @theCindyCarcamo and @palomaesquivel expressed gratitude for Casa Libre. But their gratitude sometimes made it difficult to speak up when problems arose.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-immigrant-children-group-home-casa-libre-peter-schey/ 

The Times spoke with 14 current and former Casa Libre workers who described problems throughout the years, including lack of staff, poor supervision and executive director Peter Schey’s unresponsiveness.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-immigrant-children-group-home-casa-libre-peter-schey/ 

“Most kids I talk to tell me it was the best home they ever lived in,” Peter Schey, president of Casa Libre’s board of directors and executive director said.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-immigrant-children-group-home-casa-libre-peter-schey/ 


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