In the summer and fall of 2003, an investigative reporter working undercover at an orphanage in New York City found that the city was allowing foster children in its care to be used as "guinea pigs" for experimental trials of highly toxic and painful drugs. What Liam Scheff found at Incarnation Children's Center (ICC) in Washington Heights ignited a city scandal in 2004 and into early 2005--a scandal mostly forgotten today but not yet resolved. The New York Press published his article in early 2004, and further articles followed in the London Observer/Guardian and the New York Post, among other media. The allegations were even the subject of a BBC documentary, Guinea Pig Kids.
One former city councilman--District 39's Bill de Blasio of Park Slope, Brooklyn--chaired the council's General Welfare Committee and was responsible for the city's Administration for Children's Services (ACS), which referred children to ICC. De Blasio is our new New York Public Advocate. While we took no direct position in the election, we thought this was a rare opportunity to watch a candidate for this important city post in action, "advocating"--or not--for the families of New York.
Please join us as we continue to ask Public Advocate de Blasio a few questions. We invite him to participate and will faithfully post his answers here. And if you would like to question him or comment as well, you can do so at the "Your Questions and Comments" form at the left