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This collection of papers, presented during the Immigration Section program at the Association of American Law Schools' (AALS) annual conference in 2006, addresses important and deeply troubling issues concerning the treatment of undocumented children by immigration authorities in the United States. The discussion was facilitated by the launching of a four-part study coordinated by Jacqueline Bhabha of Harvard University and Mary Crock of the University of Sydney. This study consists of a report and three country studies comparing the treatment of unaccompanied and separated child asylum seekers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.' Although the entire work will not be published until the Spring/Summer 2006, Professor Bhabha circulated the draft of the U.S. report entitled Seeking Asylum Alone: US Report, Kajka's Kids: Children in the U.S. Asylum System-to the panel participants prior to the AALS program. 2 The approximately 150-page report is one of the most comprehensive studies yet conducted on the legal framework, policies, conditions, and treatment of unaccompanied and separated children entering the United States to seek refuge.



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