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RELEASE: New Charts Provide Visualization of How Violence Is Causing Children to Flee Central America

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258
Email: tarditi@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C. — The uptick in the number of children fleeing to the United States has focused attention on the conditions in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. In total, these nations have seen 62,998 kids flee to the United States and other neighboring countries. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, asylum applications in neighboring nations—namely, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Belize—have risen 712 percent since 2009.

A new series of charts released today by the Center for American Progress provide visual analysis of the violence, murder, extortion, rape, and abuse in some of the world’s most violent countries that these children are fleeing.

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Access all the charts here.

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