Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges

Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges

Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings + Migration & Asylum Program Justice and Human Rights Center, February 2015

Unprecedented in scope, Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges (Childhood, Migration, and Human Rights) is the result of a two-year regional investigation into the treatment of Honduran, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Mexican, and United States citizen and permanent resident children affected by migration. The book, available in its entirety below, examines the root causes of the forced migration of children and families in the Northern Central America–Mexico–United States corridor. It evaluates the policies, practices, and underlying conditions of countries of origin, transit, and destination; and examines their effects on children throughout the region, particularly with respect to the violation of children’s rights. The authors additionally analyze relevant regional and bilateral accords. The book concludes with extensive recommendations for governments, rooted in human rights.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (CGRS) and the Migration and Asylum Program, Center for Justice and Human Rights at the National University of Lanús, Argentina (CDHUNLa) directed Childhood, Migration, and Human Rights in partnership with civil society organizations from each of the five countries examined. Partner organizations authored individual chapters. In addition, the Washington, D.C. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) contributed a chapter based on its 2014 report on child migration in the region.

Download the full book here.

Childhood, Migration, and Human Rights was produced with major support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, supplemented by support from the Ford Foundation.

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