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Title: Scared But No Longer Alone: Using Louisiana to Build a Nationwide System of Representation for Unaccompanied Children
Authors: Smith, McKayla M.
Keywords: Representation
Unaccompanied Children
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Citation: 63 Loy. L. Rev. 111
Abstract: In recent years, tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have fled to the United States. Most have experienced “horrendous trauma” as a result of swelling gang activity, drug trafficking, and corruption. Many were physically or sexually abused. One Honduran child was prompted to leave after seeing a girl his age, eleven, resist a robbery of $5 across the street from his home. “[S]he was clubbed over the head and dragged by two men who cut a hole in her throat, stuffed her panties in it, and left her body in a ravine.” But the danger does not end once they leave their home country. Another eleven-year-old girl was raped and impregnated by the men her family paid to bring her to the United States. She is now “[o]ne of the many [children] who can’t even talk anymore, can’t even talk.” Yet, somehow, we expect these traumatized children to advocate for themselves in immigration court.
ISSN: 0192-9720
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