“How courageous we had to be”: Children on the Move between Central America, Mexico and the USA
A significant number of children and young people continue to move unaccompanied between Central America, Mexico and the USA- a journey which poses significant risks to their safety and wellbeing. It is essential that young migrants who move along this corridor are given spaces to talk about their experiences and to assist in driving solutions that can help to enable safer migration, improve policy and services and hold duty-bearers to account.
Between 2020-2022, three member organisations of Family for Every Child –Legal Services for Children, CONACMI and Fundación Juconi México, A.C developed a project in which young people who had previously completed the journey along this corridor participated in a Photovoice project. Through photography, the young people explored the following questions: Why do children migrate? What are the risks of migrating? What would help during the journey? What changes are necessary?
Through the project, the young people provided recommendations for policymakers which would make the journey safer and improve the health and wellbeing of other children on the move. It is hoped that these experiences will also inform children and families who are contemplating the movement of its realities and of their rights, in order to help them make informed decisions and reduce the risks involved in migration.
This summary report provides a selection of photographs, captions and key findings from the participants who engaged in the Photovoice process. Its purpose is for use by young people and civil society organisations in the second, advocacy-based phase of the project.
Legal Services for Children, CONACMI and Fundación Juconi México, A.C