Unaccompanied Minors

Ensuring Due Process for Youth Running for their Lives

Nov 30, 2014

Hiding under his baseball cap, staring at the floor, 16-year-old “Alfonso” barely spoke above a mumble as he answered questions from a HIAS lawyer. He looked like a typical teenager you’d see on the streets of New York, someone you’d never realize spoke no English or came from another country.

Providing Unaccompanied Children with Legal Representation

Aug 14, 2014

Legal representation is the greatest unmet need for these kids and HIAS is providing legal services to these children and is giving their cases our highest priority.

HIAS Urges U.S. Government to Protect Unaccompanied Children

Jul 01, 2014

Mark Hetfield released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposal to partially repeal the Torture Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to send home unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border.

Ukraine Develops its Commitment to the Rights of Unaccompanied Minors

May 31, 2013

After a little more than a year working at HIAS in Ukraine, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study human rights and refugee law in the United States. Seeing Ukraine’s asylum system from this new perspective allows me to value Ukraine’s comparative freedom from bureaucracy, but also increases my concern about the country’s relatively low level of respect for the rule of law and human rights.