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Red X sculpture in the city of Juárez in Mexico


Published by openDemocracy, this article co-authored by Gabriella Sanchez, a research fellow with the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, discusses a collection of testimonials from border children and their families in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Juarez that shed light on the social and economic pressures of this community, the burdens and aspirations of its inhabitants, and the crude mechanics of smuggling.

May 3, 2022

The Violent, Hopeful World of Children Who Smuggle People

Author: Gabriella Sanchez

On the U.S.-Mexico border, smuggling offers children a risky way to support their families in times of need. A collection of testimonials shows the often devastating consequences of young people’s choices amid youth criminalization, border militarization, and migration control, but also the love and determination of a community seeking to achieve change.