HHS Whistleblower Unmasking the Child Trafficking Crisis


by Jodi O’Malley MSN, RN , America Outloud:

On July 4, The Sound of Freedom made an explosive entrance into movie theaters, capturing audiences’ attention with presale tickets exceeding a staggering 10 million dollars. This remarkable achievement catapulted the film to the number one spot on IMDb, solidifying its status as a highly anticipated film five years in the making. But what lies beneath the surface of this extraordinary success is a true story that delves into the depths of horrors and injustice that have plagued our world. Tara Roades, a fellow HHS Whistleblower, brings her firsthand experience and knowledge to guide us through the dark reality depicted in the film.

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Over the past three years, the veil of deceit and evil has slowly been lifted, revealing a dark underbelly that many were previously unaware of. The stage has been set, preparing the world to witness the chilling realities portrayed in The Sound of Freedom. With Tara Roades as our guide, we are given a unique perspective into the atrocities she has witnessed and the tireless efforts she continues to undertake to combat human trafficking. Roades’ bravery and determination serve as a beacon of hope, inspiring us all to take action and make a difference.

The Sound of Freedom seeks to awaken our collective conscience and ignite a sense of urgency in the fight against human trafficking. This true story forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, challenging us to confront the depths of our own humanity. As we sit in those theater seats, we are not mere spectators but active participants in a movement for change. Through Roades’ firsthand accounts, we gain insight into the resilience of survivors, the dedication of those fighting for justice, and the imperative for each of us to do our part. Only by facing this darkness head-on and standing together can we hope to bring about meaningful change and put an end to the horrors depicted in The Sound of Freedom.

 Following is Tara’s 2-Page Overview of Allegations & Evidence of Child Trafficking in HHS’ Unaccompanied Children (U.C.) Program.


Smugglers and child traffickers are recruiting, harboring, and transporting children to the United States, using force, fraud, and coercion; for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery, commercial sex, and possibly forced organ harvesting. By exploiting flawed policies and deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Unaccompanied Children (U.C.) Program, a sophisticated network of smugglers and traffickers are using the U.S. Government as part of the logistical chain of their child trafficking operation. Although the causes of the recent surge of Unaccompanied Children (UCs) are debated, all stakeholders agree one reason migrant children make the perilous journey to the United States is they are “brought into the United States by human trafficking rings.” (As per HHS’ Fact Sheet).

In June of 2021, I, Tara Lee Rodas, started reporting incidents of smuggling and suspected child trafficking through HHS Chain-of-Command while I was serving as the Deputy of the Federal Case Management Team (as a volunteer Federal Detailee) at the Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site (EIS) in Pomona, California. Between 9/5/2021 and 9/13/2021, I made four protected disclosures: two protected disclosures to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and two protected disclosures to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). I disclosed that smugglers and child traffickers – to include a Sponsor with confirmed Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) affiliation in the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Hollywood clique – were exploiting the HHS UC Program and putting vulnerable children at risk. HHS learned I made protected disclosures and swiftly retaliated against me. On 9/15/2021, I was taken off the TCO/MS-13 case. On 9/16/2021, I was directed, in writing, to stop giving detailed case information to law enforcement, including HHS OIG, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Then, on 9/21/2021, I was falsely accused of violating the code of conduct as a cover for action. I was directed to collect my personal items from my workspace; threatened with an investigation; escorted off the EIS [by security and the HHS Federal Field Specialist (FFS)]; and my badge was taken. To protect me from further retaliation, my agency (CIGIE) recalled me to D.C. For my personal safety, my agency offered to send agents to escort me home. I declined the escort and was escorted home by my husband.


I’ve been a federal employee for over 20 years and have served the Inspector General community for 17 years. I’m keenly aware of fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs. However, I was not prepared for the fraud, waste, and abuse I witnessed while serving at the Pomona Fairplex Emergency Intake Site (EIS) in Pomona, California, where I volunteered to help place Unaccompanied Children (UCs) with Sponsors in the United States. I saw firsthand how lack of transparency, lack of oversight, flawed policies, and deficiencies in HHS’ U.C. Program resulted in children being placed with suspicious Sponsors and suspected trafficking rings throughout the United States. HHS is delivering vulnerable children into the hands of unsafe Sponsors who are exploiting them. As an I.G. professional, witnessing this type of flagrant fraud in a Federal Program is astonishing. Knowing that children have been, are being, and will continue to be trafficked through the HHS ACF ORR UC Program has compelled me to come forward in hopes that (1) children can be rescued, (2) bad actors can be prosecuted, and (3) the U.C. Program can be abolished or reformed.

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