Children on the Move: A Guide to Common Definitions and Terms

May 5, 2023

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Children on the Move

A Guide to Common Definitions and Terms

Legal definitions of a child and related terms may vary across domestic and international law and may also differ from the phrases used to describe children in the media or popular culture. KIND created the following list of terms which offers a shared starting point for understanding the existing framework of domestic and international immigration protections for children, as well as terms relevant to the U.S. immigration system.


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