Detention Of Migrant ChildrenThe author of a sweeping new U.N. study on the detaining and jailing of children worldwide acknowledges that he erred in saying the U.S. is holding more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention.
“I used the UNHCR data because it was the last UNHCR figure that was published, and that goes back to the year 2015,” Nowak said.
HHS says that over the 2019 financial year, approximately 69,550 unaccompanied children were referred to the UAC program.
The 2015 statistic does not appear in his global study’s section on the U.S., Nowak notes.
To compile the study, Nowak and his researchers sorted through official records and statistics from advocacy groups and countries’ replies.