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Papers/Reports | July 14, 2009

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.


  • Executive Summary

  • Introduction

  • I. Background

  • II. Survey Methodology

  • III. Findings: The Journey

  • IV. Findings: Apprehension

  • V. Findings: Detention

  • VI. Findings: Deportation/Repatriation

  • VII. Findings: Reception & Reintegration

  • VIII. Findings: Overall Abuses Throughout the Migration Process

  • IX. Recommendations

  • Appendix I. Detailed Survey Methodology

  • Appendix II. Legal Framework

  • Appendix III. Country-Specific Recommendations