Brooke previously served as the Executive Director of End Slavery Now, a project of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Follow her on Twitter at @brooke_hath
The latest reports estimate up to 3,000 women and children fleeing the violence in northwest Iraq have been captured and are at risk to be trafficked into modern-day forms of enslavement.
Federal law requires that kids – because these are kids, not simply “minors” – from countries not neighboring the U.S. (Mexico and Canada) receive a court hearing before an immigration judge and cannot immediately be sent back to their home country.
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