Guam – An oversight hearing on the status of Guam’s youth rehabilitation efforts drew a blunt admission that Guam has failed its Micronesian community.
Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz’s Committee on Youth heard from the various GovGuam Agencies that provide services to the island’s youth.
When Senator Cruz asked DYA Staff Psychologist Dr. Juan Rapadas how the agency was dealing with clients from the Freely Associated States, Dr. . Rapadas admitted that they have failed. Noting in particular that the suspects in the triple stabbing homicides earlier this month were from the FAS community had had spent time at DYA.
“Those of you who are obviously aware of the tragedy two and a half weeks ago. If one were to look at the folks involved most, if not all of them, have passed through our doors. And most if not all of them were U.S. citizens but of FAS decent.”
“If there’s been any disappointment over the last 8 years is that we have not been able to help them dya has not been able to help them it’s not DYA’s fault that we have not been able to help them I think everyone has failed. DOE has failed. The courts, the AG’s, CPS, families and we can blame everyone.”
Cice-Speaker Cruz recommended that DYA try and hire some social workers of FAS decent who have recently graduated from the University of Guam.