Clearinghouse Resource


Child Migration: The Detention and Repatriation of Unaccompanied Central American Children from Mexico



Baltimore, MD: Catholic Relief Services

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

January 2010, 84 pages

Description of Resource

This study documents the conditions under which unaccompanied child migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are detained and repatriated from Mexico to their countries of origin. The study’s target population consisted of children 12-17 years of age, most of whom were attempting to reach the U.S., traveling as undocumented migrants and either alone or with non-guardian family members, friends or strangers. The study details the abuses experienced by child migrants on their journey and during the four stages of apprehension, detention, deportation, and reception. It also examines aspects of the detention and deportation process which may place unaccompanied child migrants at greater risk of abuse and exploitation. (Description taken from source)