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University of Baltimore Journal of International Law

Abstract

Erminia’s shoes fell apart as she walked through the Texas desert, but Erminia persisted with the treacherous journey wearing just her socks. She crossed the desert for three days and two nights. She recounts that there were many thorns along the desert. Unfortunately, Ermina’s journey is similar to thousands of other unaccompanied minors who make the dangerous trek through the desert to find security within the borders of the U.S. Majority of the unaccompanied minors travel from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras— commonly referred to as the “Northern Triangle.” From 2012 through 2016, the primary reason for the surge of unaccompanied minors in the U.S. was “from the interrelated challenges of organized criminal violence and poverty that adversely affect individuals in Northern Triangle countries.”

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