Tag Archives: Guatemala

Lessons and Concerns: The Differences Between the Response to Unaccompanied Child Migrants in 2014 and 2015

During the summer of 2014, the United States saw an unprecedented number of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border without their parents. U.S Customs and Border Protection reports a 48 percent decrease in Southwest Border apprehensions of unaccompanied child migrants for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 compared to from FY 2014. While this is a […]

U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Recognizes Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum in Landmark Decision

Last month, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark precedent decision in a Guatemalan woman’s asylum case.  In Matter of A-R-C-G- et al., the BIA held for the first time that survivors of domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the United States based on the harm they have suffered.  While the decision […]

The Need to Include the Voices of Internally Displaced Persons in Peace Negotiations

Conflict, whether fought between legitimate state actors or among violent non-state actors, induces different forms of migration. In order to escape targeted killings, forced recruitment, or general violence, individuals and communities will relocate to avoid becoming involved in or a casualty of a conflict. This movement can be prompted instantaneously or be employed as a […]

The Relationship Between Central American Street Gangs and Regular and Irregular Migration Patterns

Within the last month, there has been substantial discussion about whether the U.S. is facing a ‘border crisis’ owing to a rise in the number of children who cross the border into the U.S. unaccompanied. Recent articles have discussed the reasons why so many children are embarking on the perilous journey from Central America to […]