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PANEL DISCUSSION: How Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Impunity Drive Child Migration from Central America

05 Feb 2019

Since 2014, the U.S. has received over 260,000 unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children seeking protection from violence. The overwhelming majority of these children come from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador – countries with some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the world.

Many of these children have suffered SGBV in the form of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, gang-related sexual violence, or violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. These children face myriad barriers to seeking access to justice and protection in their countries, and the vast majority of SGBV-related crimes result in impunity. With nowhere to turn for help and forced to flee their countries, many children arrive in Mexico and the United States seeking safety. 

Please join the Embassy of Sweden and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) for a moderated panel on sexual and gender-based violence as a significant cause of forced migration and displacement in Central America, (SGBV). In addition to addressing the types of violence and obstacles survivors face to seeking justice and protection, expert panelists will provide recommendations to end sexual and gender-based violence and impunity against women, children, and LGBTI people.  

WHEN: February 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM in House of Sweden.
RSVP: Required to

Opening remarks by H.E. Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the U.S.

Panel discussion with:

-          Adriana Beltrán, Director for Citizen Security, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
-          Chiara Cardoletti-Carroll, Deputy Regional Representative for the U.S. and the Caribbean, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
-          Rachel Dotson, Director, Gender and Migration Initiatives, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
-          Fanny Gomez-Lugo, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, Synergía - Initiatives for Human Rights
-          Dr. Alan Shapiro MD, FAAP, member, American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Special Interest Group. 
-          Moderator: Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)


Last updated 04 Feb 2019, 10.16 AM