A confidential source within the Marin County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office recently contacted this columnist through a mutual friend and told a rather disturbing tale of his failed experience in trying to place a woman and her child, who were both in grave danger. The woman was a trial witness, set to testify against her boyfriend, who is a gang member.
The woman lived in Marin City with her daughter, and when threatened by the gang, she went to stay with a friend and left her young daughter (under five years of age) with a family member. Sadly, the little girl was molested by that same family member, according to the anonymous source.
The woman, then contacted an investigator, who then began searching for a safe place for the woman and the little girl to stay, at least until the trial ended.
"I called shelters throughout Northern California to place this woman and her child, and I was asked the same question each time...'Is she undocumented? Or, 'Are they recent arrivals?'"