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About Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth Kennedy is currently doing a PhD in Geography at San Diego State University in the United States where she is working with unaccompanied minors. You can follow her on twitter @EGKennedySD.

Articles by Elizabeth Kennedy

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

US immigration bill: silence on the deportation of children

Unaccompanied minors best illustrate the need and mechanisms for true comprehensive immigration reform yet the proposed bill does little for this highly vulnerable, fastest growing subset of migrants to the US, says Elizabeth Kennedy.

Through hell to limbo in a lorry

“In my life I will forget lots of things, but I will never, ever forget those two small boys … left behind in the snow.” Elizabeth Kennedy reports on children’s journeys from Afghanistan to England and life in limbo as they approach 18.

A child's transnational journey “to be someone”

The number of child migrants to the USA continues to rise despite border militarization. Liz Kennedy teaches at shelters along the Mexico-US border where those caught are detained. She reveals why they feel that the 2,000 mile journey is their only choice.

USA: DREAMing comprehensive immigration reform

On June 15th, President Obama did what he called “the right thing”, announcing a two year reprieve from deportation for young adults who came to the U.S as children - known as DREAMers. But for the 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school each year, the 'American Dream' will only live on if Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform.

Roma youth in the UK: 'burning down the library'

"We are really going back a few steps. . . . just lost expertise, data, everything . . . for me, it’s almost like burning down a library". Elizabeth Kennedy reports on the severe impact funding cuts are having on Roma youth in the UK
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