Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Laura F. Dogu opened the Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium
Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Laura F. Dogu opened the Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Laura F. Dogu opened the Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium hosted by ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and Narcotics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.  The event, with participants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, stressed the current crisis and dangers for unaccompanied children migrating through Central America, Mexico, and ultimately the United States. DCM Dogu said “Too often, contracts that are entered into by parents intended to achieve the passage of their children from their countries of origin into the United States somehow transform into human trafficking situations.  Therefore, international cooperation to prevent these tragedies is vital.  Since the trafficking and smuggling of unaccompanied migrant children are transnational crimes; they have to be addressed by multiple countries working together.”  DCM Dogu highlighted President Obama’s recent call with President Enrique Pena Nieto and meeting with the Central American Presidents focused on enhancing law enforcement cooperation while addressing the underlying causes leading to migration.  Presentations at the event highlighted efforts by the affected nations to combat trafficking networks and provided an opportunity for open forum discussions on the issue.