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When minors cross the border alone

Pamela Lizette Cruz | Tony Payan

When minors cross the border alone.

Why do unaccompanied minors flee their home countries and what happens when they reach Mexico or the United States?  This report provides an overview of the perilous journey and the reality of detention centers, concluding that a child-centric approach in both countries should address the needs of these children.