Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Children in Immigration Courts

"A look at America's immigration courts shows a system where many children lack legal representation, where frustrated judges find themselves explaining the law to 12-year-olds, often through a translator, and where the government itself has no real measure of the problem. Though some new efforts are beginning to address the issue, advocates worry about child trafficking, smuggling or abuse that may go unnoticed because children don't know how to ask for help. In immigration court, the government treats detained children like immigrant adults, giving them a phone list of volunteer lawyers. Often, no call is made." Associated Press, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 12-4-06 NVS)

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