As a response to the humanitarian crisis of children arriving at our Southern border, Congress considered legislation that would strip the protections created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. These changes would allow the United States to return Central American children to their home countries without meaningful screening to determine whether they are victims of trafficking or fear persecution. CLINIC facilitated a briefing on these issues for Senate and Congressional staffers on July 18, 2014.
Later, CLINIC’s Director of Advocacy, Allison Posner, sat down with experts from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- Micheal Hill, Associate Director, Government Relations and Kristyn Peck, Association Director of Children’s Services, Migration and Refugee Services -- to learn more about:
- The TVPRA and why it was passed in 2008;
- Due process protections for children under current legislation
- Children’s experiences upon arrival in the U.S.;
- The challenges child victims of trauma face in expressing their need for protection;
- The critical legal and due process protections created by the TVPRA, why they are still necessary, and the USCCB’s position on proposed changes to the law;
- The dire situations children would encounter if summarily returned to Central America.
Click on any of the bullets above to hear an excerpt from the interviews.