All over the world, children of all ages in fear for their lives, flee without a parent or guardian. Most are traumatized by the violence they fled and many were subjected to violence during the journey. These children have legitimate protection claims, making it a violation of international law to deport them without due process.
In the United States, unaccompanied children are detained in cold, concrete rooms without beds or showers until they are transferred, released to family, or appear in court. Because they have no right to legal counsel, most face a judge alone.