1. A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System


    from Migration Policy Institute / Added

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    This Migration Policy Institute panel discussion on unaccompanied minors focuses on a report by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings College of the Law, A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System. The panel moderated by Kathleen Newland, Director of the Refugee Protection and Migrants at MPI, includes speakers Elizabeth Dallam, KIND National Legal Services Director, Lisa Frydman, CGRS Associate Director and Managing Attorney, Karen Musalo, CGRS Director, and KIND Executive Director Wendy Young. The discussion focuses on the conclusion that children face a system created for adults that is not required to consider the child’s best interests. Despite the potentially enormous impact of the proceedings on their lives and futures, unaccompanied children are not provided lawyers to help them navigate the complex requirements of immigration proceedings. Read the report here: http://www.supportkind.org/en/about-us/resources/doc_download/63-a-treacherous-journey-child-migrants-navigating-the-u-s-immigration-system The report is also available at http://www.cgrs.uchastings.edu.

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    • CMS Dialogue: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors


      from Center for Migration Studies / Added

      Recent months have seen a dramatic increase in migration to the United States by unaccompanied minors, spurred by gang violence, crop failure, domestic abuse, and other factors. Charitable legal services programs and community-based organizations are reporting nearly a doubling of the number of apprehensions of migrant children without parents or guardians, notwithstanding the extraordinary perils these children confront in migrating to the United States and in the US-Mexico border region. Wendy Young, Executive Director of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), discusses the causes of this humanitarian crisis and the challenges it presents for the children, non-governmental organizations, and the different US government agencies that are responsible for the protection and humane treatment of these children. KIND is a non-profit organization founded by the Microsoft Corporation and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. It provides legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. Karen Grisez, Public Service Counsel with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and member of the CMS Board of Trustees, introduces the speakers. Donald Kerwin, CMS’s Executive Director, moderates the session. Ms. Young’s presentation is followed by short responses from Judge Gabriel Videla, who adjudicates the cases of unaccompanied minors in New York Immigration Court, and Wendy Claudio, who directs an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded program which provides shelter, schooling, health care and legal services for unaccompanied immigrant children at Children’s Village. As with past CMS dialogues, the event includes an exchange between the speakers and the audience.

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