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VIDEO: Shadow Summit: The U.S. Response to Central American Refugees

The United States and other nations hosted a leaders summit on September 20, 2016 to discuss the world refugee crisis and how nations can increase their commitments to refugee protection worldwide. In a side event, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) hosted the Shadow Summit: U.S. Response to Central American Refugees, a panel discussion examining U.S. policy response to unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America.

Katharina Obser, WRC Senior Program Officer of Migrant Rights and Justice Program joined fellow panelists Dr. Allen Keller, Director, Bellevue/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture; Karen Lucas, Associate Director of Advocacy, American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Elvis Garcia Callejas, Migration Counselor, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Former Unaccompanied Minor. 

A video of the panel discussion is now available for viewing (below).

The Shadow Summit was co-Sponsored by Alianza Americas, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) and the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC).