Michael Garcia Bochenek & Warren Binford

Michael Garcia Bochenek is senior children’s rights counsel at Human Rights Watch. Warren Binford is a professor of law and director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University.

Recent Articles

The U.S. Is Mistreating Children in Its Custody. Can International Law Help?

“Nobody takes care of us here,” an 11-year-old boy in a U.S. Border Patrol facility told us.

Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP In this 2018 photo provided by ICE, a child colors at South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. By law, children shouldn’t be in Border Patrol custody more than 72 hours. Murderous violence. Sexual assault. Criminal gangs. Domestic abuse. Failed governments. Police unwilling or unable to offer protection. These are the reasons child after child gave for coming to the United States in search of safety, as we interviewed them in the U.S. Border Patrol facilities in El Paso, Texas, in June. Many of the children had plausible claims to asylum that should be seriously considered, and every child had the right to be treated humanely and with dignity. Yet many broke down in tears as they described abuse and severe neglect at the hands of the U.S. government: hunger, cruelty, lice and flu spreading through the cells, and sleeping on concrete floors, in tents, a windowless warehouse, a loading dock. For days...