Honduras; Guatemala; Mexico

Who's listening to the children?

We've heard a lot in the news recently about the unaccompanied migrant children from Latin America, who feel so threatened by gangs and violence at home that they make the treacherous journey to seek safety and asylum in the United States. The conditions that these children face at home is tragic; no one, let alone children, should face such day-to-day violence that they feel safer fleeing from home and country alone than staying with their families. I am distressed that when they do make it to "safety," the US government is more concerned about deporting than in protecting these vulnerable children.

But as I've followed the issue and listened to the discourse, there is a striking omission - who is listening to the children? Everyone is talking about them, but it seems that no one is talking with them. So not only are their human rights for life and security threatened; their right to be heard is being violated as well.

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