HHS Calendars for Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs Anna Pilato and Other Officials

These records from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families include calendars for a number of ACF officials, including Scott Lloyd, the former head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Anna Pilato, ACF’s deputy assistant secretary for external affairs. The dates range from March 2018 to September 2018 — the same summer that ACF was taking in a number of migrant children who had been separated from their families at the border. The calendars include a number of meetings with right-wing Christian organizations and anti-abortion rights groups, many of those meetings organized by Shannon Royce, the director of HHS’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.

July 13, 2018: Meeting regarding the reunification of minors in the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program with their families was attended by the Heritage Foundation, Focus on the Family, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and others. (132)

Other meetings include:

July 30, 2018: “Secretary’s First Meeting with Conservative Leaders,” with the stated goal of providing “outreach to the groups leading [on] life, family, religious liberty issues.” Attendees include a number of anti-abortion and religious conservative groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, March for Life, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, the Heritage Foundation, and Alliance Defending Freedom. (147)

March 20, 2018: Meeting with the president of Shared Hope, a Christian anti-sex-trafficking organization the focuses only on victims who are citizens or lawful residents. (5)

April 17, 2018: Meeting discussing repatriation of Americans in South Korea, at a time of increased tensions with North Korea. The calendar entry is marked as being an “exercise.”

Sept. 25, 2018: Faith-based liaison meeting, with a welcome from Royce. (13)

Oct. 4, 2018: Discussion with Heritage Foundation.

Nov. 5, 2018: ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs Anna Pilato corresponded with Marie Tasy from New Jersey Right to Life to plan a call. (85)

Jan. 30, 2019: Royce and Pilato had a meeting with Paul Martin of Royal Family KIDS. (173)

Feb. 4, 2019: Royce and Pilato had a meeting with Tina Choi of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. (182)

Feb. 14, 2019: National Pro-Life Conference Call (200)

Records received from November 2019 to June 5, 2020

Records received July and August 2020

Records received September 2020

Records received from November 2020 to January 2021

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