At a Crossroads: A Midterm Assessment of the Biden Administration’s Protection of Unaccompanied Children

February 7, 2023

On January 20, 2021, the Biden Administration inherited a U.S. protection system for unaccompanied children greatly weakened by the prior Administration. Two years later, amid operational challenges posed by this diminished infrastructure, combined with ongoing high numbers of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Biden Administration’s policies concerning this vulnerable population present a distinctly mixed record. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) assesses the Administration’s progress in protecting the welfare of unaccompanied children as measured by key objectives outlined.

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KIND Blueprint: Concrete Steps to Protect Unaccompanied Children on the Move

KIND’s Blueprint for the protection of unaccompanied children provides guidance on how the U.S. government should uphold its responsibility to treat these children humanely and in accordance with the law and this country’s ideals. Their unique vulnerabilities require a legal and policy framework that provides enhanced procedural safeguards and protection mechanisms essential to helping unaccompanied […]

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