Pablo Aurelio Loredo Oyervidez, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Americas, International Detention Coalition; Karen Valladares, Executive Director, National Forum for Migration in Honduras; María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador | April 20, 2022
Innovating Protection for Children Along the Migratory Route and at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Children and families continue to travel between South and Central America, Mexico, and the United States in record numbers. Many experience abuse, exploitation, detention, deprivation, and discrimination along their migration journeys.
International law underscores that all children have a right to safety and to access protection, seek asylum, and remain and reunite with family members. National, state, and local governments have the responsibility to protect children and families on the move, regardless of where they are from or where they are going. However, child welfare and protection systems—already fragile prior to the COVID-19 pandemic—have been overwhelmed and unable to respond to the scale of need. Civil society and community-based responses are key to building and sustaining protective factors for children and families along the migratory route, but these are also underfunded and over capacity.
For this topic, the Collaborative on Global Children's Issues asks: How do young people find protection along the migration corridor and at the border? What strategies do children on the move develop to increase their sense of safety and protection? What can we learn from these? How can policies and programs respond to the lived experiences of children on the move?
This is the second of three series published as part of Innovating Protection for Children on the Move Across the Americas, a forum convened by Georgetown University’s Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, the Institute for the Study of International Migration, and the Georgetown Americas Institute in coordination with strategic partners.
Identity, Theatre for Change | April 20, 2022
Óyeme: Imagination Stage on Innovating Protection for Children Along the Migratory Route and at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Joanne Seelig, Artistic Director of Education and Theatre for Change, Imagination Stage | April 20, 2022
Mobilizing a Constituency for Refugee and Migrant Children: Experiential Learning in Centennial Lab Course at Georgetown
Katharine Donato, Donald G. Herzberg Professor of International Migration, School of Foreign Service; Elizabeth Ferris, Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration | April 20, 2022
Deanna Johnson, Program Coordinator for Migration Portfolio, Pan American Development Foundation; Kamilah Morain, Deputy Director for Trinidad and Tobago, Pan American Development Foundation | April 20, 2022
Paulina Olvera Cañez, Founder and Director, Espacio Migrante | April 20, 2022
Rodrigo Barraza, Regional Co-Director for the Americas, Global Fund for Children | April 20, 2022
Strengthening Mexico’s Protection Landscape for Migrant Children: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Andrea Tanco, Strategic Advisor to the President and Associate Policy Analyst; Maria Jesus Mora, Research Assistant; Daniela Hall, Demetrios G. Papademetriou Young Scholar, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) | April 19, 2022
Cesia Chavarría, Communications Assistant, International International Organization for Migration; Juan Manuel Ramirez, Communication Assistant in the Field Office, International Organization for Migration | April 19, 2022