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The Central American Youth Refugee Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges in the Trump Era


CPC Learning Network, American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS); Jayesh Rathod; Elissa Steglich

Latin America & Caribbean
North America
United States

As debates about immigration roil the national political debate in the United States, the CPC Learning Network hosted a webinar to discuss the mass exodus of unaccompanied children and families from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  Topics included country conditions driving continued migration, the dangers encountered while journeying through Mexico, detention practices on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and challenges to securing protection in the U.S. The webinar featured four speakers: Eric Hershberg and Dennis Stinchcomb, of American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) and authors of Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Advocacy Responses; law professor Jayesh Rathod, director of the American University Washington College of Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic; and Elissa Steglich, a law professor at the University of Texas Law School and board member of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. The webinar is of particular interest for advocates and others working on behalf of these new arrivals but also for those advocating for children in areas around the world. The webinar took place on November 2nd, 2017.

The Central American Youth Refugee Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges in the Trump Era- presentation


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