The US is currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis at the border, with over 50,000 children currently apprehended, and more coming. Families, mostly unaccompanied children, are migrating from Central American and Mexico to the Mexican/US border due to extreme violence, gang related activity, and deprivation. The White House and Congress are currently reviewing options for responding to the crisis. Unfortunately, many of the “solutions” being proposed seek to undermine legislation set forth in 2000 and 2008 to protect vulnerable children, expedite deportation of children and families, and severely impact the rights of children. Due to the looming Congressional recess and speed of proposals issued, a response required a quick turnaround. Read more to learn about the CHRC’s response to this issue.
The presentations from the May 2014 Symposium, Creating a Non-Violent Future, are ready to be viewed at the CHRC YouTube Channel.
There has been an influx of young, unaccompanied children entering the United States in recent years. Lately, this humanitarian crisis has gained the attention of the media. Center Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts, was featured in a Bloomberg article, discussing different solutions to the crisis.
Watch Katherine Kaufka Walts, CHRC Director, speak on Fox 32 News about unaccompanied minors trying to enter the United States.
The CHRC was represented last Friday at the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report release event. CHRC Director, Katherine Kaufka Walts was invited to attend the event releasing at the Ben Franklin Room in Washington DC. Ms. Kaufka Walts was among Secretary of State, John Kerry, Ambassador Lou CdeBaca, and Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.