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Innovating Protection for Children on the Move Across the Americas

During spring 2022, the Innovating Protection for Children on the Move Across the Americas forum brought a child-focused and solutions-oriented lens to the dynamic landscape of migration between countries of origin and return, the U.S.-Mexico border, and within receiving communities across the United States.

Convened by Georgetown University’s Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, Institute for the Study of International Migration, and Georgetown Americas Institute, in coordination with strategic partners, the forum included a series of webinars and blog posts that centered the perspectives of young people who have experienced migration and stakeholders working along the migratory route in various capacities and sectors. 

All webinars and blog posts are available in English and Spanish below. / Todos los seminarios web y las entradas del blog están disponibles en inglés y español a continuación.


Blog Posts

Innovating Protection for Migrant and Asylum-Seeking Children in U.S. Communities

April 20, 2022

The number of young people fleeing high levels of violence, crime, natural disasters, food insecurity and poverty and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border reached a 20-year high in the U.S. government’s fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021). This included a record number of children who…


Innovating Protection for Children Along the Migratory Route and at the U.S.-Mexico Border

April 4, 2022

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…


Collaborative Design Team

Elizabeth Ferris portrait

Elizabeth Ferris

Institute for the Study of International Migration

Research Professor

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Gillian Huebner

Collaborative on Global Children's Issues

Executive Director


Innovating Protection for Children on the Move across the Americas

"How did we manage to get here? We improvised. The safety we found—we created it ourselves." This is how a 16-year-old boy from Honduras summarized his journey across northern Central America and into the United States. "Now that I am here, I am still improvising.”

Hundreds of thousands of children…