Q. and A.: Children at the Border

Safe Passage, April 20, 2015

Q and A Children at the Border

The above image shows where the surge of unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle are fleeing from.

From the New York Times
By Haeyoun Park
October 21, 2014

  • In Guatemala, the capital Guatemala City is overrun by gangs.
  • In El Salvador, rival gangs are responsible for most of the murders in the capital.
  • In Honduras, San Pedro Sula has the highest homicide rate in the world.
  • The number of unaccompanied minors began to noticeably surge in 2012, mainly driven by the influx of children from the Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
  • Under an anti-trafficking statute adopted with bipartisan support in 2008, minors from Central America cannot be deported immediately and must be given a court hearing before they are deported.
  • Many of them are boys between ages 15 and 17, and the proportion who are girls and younger children has been increasing (from 2013-2014) – those most targeted by the gangs.

To read the full NYTimes article, click HERE.