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Child Migration

The Detention and Repatriation of Unaccompanied Central American Children from Mexico

This study documents the conditions under which unaccompanied child migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are detained and repatriated from Mexico to their countries of origin. The study details the abuses experienced by child migrants on their journey and during the four stages of apprehension, detention, deportation, and reception. It also examines aspects of the detention and deportation process which may place unaccompanied child migrants at greater risk of abuse and exploitation.

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Executive Summary 3
Introduction 9
I. Background 13
II. Survey Methodology 21
III. Findings: The Journey 23
IV. Findings: Apprehension 39
V. Findings: Detention 43
VI. Findings: Deportation/Repatriation 51
VII. Findings: Reception & Reintegration 55
VIII. Findings: Overall Abuses Throughout the Migration Process 57
IX. Recommendations 59
Appendix I. Detailed Survey Methodology 65
Appendix II. Legal Framework 71
Appendix III. Country Specific Recommendations 75

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