Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System WATCH THE LIVESTREAM TODAY

A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System WATCH THE LIVESTREAM TODAY, February 27, 2014 9:30 TO 10:30 A.M. ET with Elizabeth Dallam National Legal Services Director, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Lisa Frydman Associate Director and Managing Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings College of the Law & Moderator: Kathleen Newland Director, Refugee Protection and Migrants, Migration, and Development Programs, MPI

No registration is necessary to view the livestream. THE LIVESTREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE.

Children have been fleeing alone to the United States in record numbers, which have risen dramatically from fewer than 7,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to as many as a projected 74,000 in FY2014. In a new report, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) find that the U.S. immigration system is failing children who come to the United States in search of safety, stability, and protection. The report, A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System, finds 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. A Treacherous Journey strongly urges that the United States should treat these minors as children first and foremost, and create a more child-friendly system that will help ensure that migrant children in the United States—as well as those who are returned to their home countries unaccompanied--are protected. This would include providing unaccompanied children with legal counsel and child advocacy services in immigration proceedings, devising child-sensitive procedures and legal standards, and applying the “best interests of the child” standard in all decisions that affect them. The report calls for creating a new form of permanent immigration status for those children who are ineligible for other forms of relief but who should not be repatriated according to the “best interests” standard. The report includes detailed recommendations for these and many of the other reforms it champions. The report will be available on the websites and .

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