The ABA has long supported appointed counsel for unaccompanied children who are placed in removal proceedings and the appointment of child advocates as an additional safeguard. It is essential that these children be protected and held in safe and sanitary environments from the time of apprehension through their eventual release to recognized sponsors. It is also critical that these children receive a live presentation on their rights and child-friendly screening by qualified legal advocates who can assess their needs early in the process.
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