Unaccompanied Children in the Immigration System

Image of children at a border fence
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 11:45 - Wednesday, February 14, 2024 13:30

Over the past several years, the federal government has adopted laws and policies intended to protect unaccompanied immigrant children. Some of these policies have had harmful downstream consequences, while others have proven difficult to enforce. One result has been a proliferation of migrant children working long hours in hazardous industries. Is the federal government equipped to protect these children? How can advocacy groups and others help? A roundtable discussion among former government officials and leaders of nongovernmental organizations will explore how best to ensure the safety of immigrant children. The event is open to the public and attendees can register in advance, with parking available in the D2 lots adjacent to the Law School. Lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 11:30 a.m.

Immigration Law
Public Policy
Purcell Reading Room
Laurel Owens
Immigration Law Program
UVA Karsh Institute of Democracy

Event Details


  • Lise Clavel, Former Deputy Assistant to President Joe Biden, Senior Adviser on Migration; Practitioner Fellow in Democracy, Karsh Institute of Democracy, University of Virginia
  • Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration Policy, AFL-CIO
  • Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense
  • ModeratorAmanda Frost, John A. Ewald Jr. Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Co-Director, Immigration Law Program