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NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

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Adi TalwarVisitors enter 26 Federal Plaza, the building many immigration hearings take place. After her father abandoned the family and her mother traveled to the U.S. to earn money for her children, Maria struggled. At home in Honduras, gang members tried to coerce her into becoming the “girlfriend” of one their members. So three years ago, Maria fled with her younger brother. The children traveled north through Texas until they reached New York where they reunited with their mother. At 14, Maria — whose name has been changed for this story to protect her identity — joined tens of thousands of other children escaping violence and danger in their native countries. Once inside the U.S., Maria encountered a new challenge: how to persuade immigration court to let her stay in the c