What Is Causing the Sudden Flood of Unaccompanied Children from Central America?
As many as 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have arrived at the U.S. border since October, 2013 with the possibility of another 60,000 arriving before the end of this year. In this Ground Truth Briefing, three experts on the ground in Central America will discuss this developing crisis.
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As many as 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have arrived at the U.S. border since October, 2013 with the possibility of another 60,000 arriving before the end of this year. What has motivated children to set out on a perilous journey through Central America’s Northern Triangle, Mexico and ultimately to cross a fortified U.S. border? How are traffickers and criminal groups manipulating Central America’s young and vulnerable population to take extreme risks and entrust their future to them?
Please join us BY PHONE with three experts on the ground in Central America to discuss this developing crisis.
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President, Migration Policy Institute
Marc R. Rosenblum
Eric L. Olson
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
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