Strengthening Mexico’s Protection of Central American Unaccompanied Minors in Transit

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MPI, Migration Policy Institute

Published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), this report investigates current protection issues of unaccompanied children in Mexico. Under Mexican law, unaccompanied children are guaranteed certain protection practices that, after review from international organizations, are found to be lacking in quality or not being practiced in reality. In 2015, Mexico instated a series of reforms to address flaws in its child protection system. With this report, the MPI presents recommendations to the Mexican government on where to focus their efforts. Due to intensified violence in the region, the MPI sees the current crisis as long-lasting and in need of long-term solutions, a child protection system that adequately meets the needs of unaccompanied children.

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