Immigrant & Refugee Toddlers Forced to Appear in Courts Alone
By Kenneth White
Unaccompanied minors regularly go through deportation proceedings without parental support, but given the results of the Zero Tolerance policy, more young children than ever, including toddlers, are being ordered to appear in court. Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles, related her experience helping a young client,
“We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table…It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.”
Leaders at three legal services organizations and a private firm confirmed that children are being served with notices to appear in court. They are not entitled to…
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