"Thousands of children in deportation hearings in the US must stand alone before government lawyers and judges," US immigration researcher at HRW, Clara Long, said. "These hearings are incredibly complex and the consequence of losing is the potentially deadly threat of deportation."
The release coincided with HRW’s filing of a friend of the court brief, or amicus brief, in a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of children facing deportation.
Earlier in March, a US immigration judge sparked outrage among many advocacy groups by claiming that children as young as 3 years old were capable of understanding immigration law and representing themselves in court.
HRW is urging the US Congress to pass a law requiring the government to provide lawyers for unaccompanied minors facing deportation hearings.