Rate of unaccompanied girls crossing into US outpaces boys

Al Jazeera America

Jul 25, 2014

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"But as to the question of why more girls in particular are attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, neither Pew nor the UNHCR provided any clues.

In terms of both participating in and suffering from gang violence in Central America, “by far, the largest number of victims are young men,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, an independent Washington-based research group. “But what gets overlooked is that the increase in violence against women has gone up precipitously,” she said, though she cautioned that she could only speak to the increase in violence against women in El Salvador.

An estimated 57,000 children have been detained in the U.S. in the last year alone for trying to cross the border illegally, according to government figures – a rise that has clogged understaffed immigration centers and drawn the ire of some residents of U.S. border towns."

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