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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Experts on Conditions in Central America and Unaccompanied Child Migrants Share Insights on the Current Humanitarian Crisis

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Listen to full audio of the call here.

Washington, D.C. — As has been widely reported, a record number of unaccompanied children, some as young as 3 years old, are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The children are fleeing extremely dangerous and violent conditions in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. They are not only seeking safety in the United States, but also in other neighboring countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize.

Please join us for a conversation to discuss this regional crisis with an expert on the ground in El Salvador, as well as experts on unaccompanied minors. They will discuss the driving factors behind the current crisis, the harrowing journey of the children and their exploitation and abuse by smugglers and human traffickers, as well as what happens to them after they are apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol.


Erica Dahl-Bredine, Country Representative for El Salvador, Catholic Relief Services
Wendy Young, Executive Director, Kids In Need of Defense
Michelle Brané, Director, Migrant Rights and Justice Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
Leslie E. Vélez, Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Angela Kelley, Vice President of Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, June 10, 2014
2:00 p.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET


Dial-in number: 888-417-8465

Conference ID: 9259526

To RSVP to this call, please contact Tanya S. Arditi at or 202.741.6258.


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