US child migrants launch class action against religious orders

Susannah Moran; 5/3/10

Former “child migrants” have launched a class action in New York against a number of religious orders and this could include up to 10,000 people now living in Australia, the US, Britain and Malta. Australian lawyer Adrian Joel has been working with New York law firm Sharma & Deyoung. Last week British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologised to the children who were taken from their families in Malta and England and shipped to Australia and other Commonwealth countries. Many were exploited as child labour and sexually and physically abused while in care. “To all those former child migrants and their families, to those here with us today and those across the world, to each and every one I say today we are truly sorry,” Mr Brown said in the House of Commons. “We are sorry that the voices of these children were not always heard, their cries for help not always heeded.”