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Chapter 19: Unaccompanied Children in the United States: Legal and Psychological Considerations

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Unaccompanied Children in the United States: Legal and Psychological Considerations
Unaccompanied children in the United States: Legal and psychological considerations
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A young unaccompanied child falls out of the hands of organized criminals and into the arms of the law when he is arrested and taken to court accused of a crime. He is physically injured, suffering from a fever, and unable to answer the judge's questions. The well-meaning officer escorting the child offers “the usual answers” for him because he is barely conscious, and the judge accepts these into the record. The child is otherwise unassisted and unrepresented. Though even the victim isn't sure that the boy is guilty, and there are no witnesses to testify one way or the other, the judge ...

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