Forcible Displacement, Migration, and Violence Against Children and Families in Latin America

Miriam Abaya, Bruce Lesley, Claire Williams, Diego Chaves-Gnecco, Glenn Flores

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Abstract

In Latin America, violence is a major public health issue causing many families to flee to the United States to seek safety. Current US immigration policies fail to address why families are forced to depart their home country or the needs of families once arriving in the United States. This article identifies root causes of family displacement, examines the insufficient protections for children in families during US immigration processing, and provides practice and policy recommendations on how to transform the US immigration system so that it is more humane for children and families forcibly displaced by violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-387
Number of pages17
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Best interests
  • Children
  • Families
  • Forced displacement
  • Immigration
  • Latinos
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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