FP contributor Lauren Wolfe and Wendy Young, head of Kids in Need of Defense, discuss the hardships children endure when they flee war — and when they cross U.S. and EU borders.
- By Seyward DarbySeyward Darby is a story editor at Foreign Policy. She was previously an editor for the New Republic and Transitions Online , a Prague-based web magazine covering the former communist space. She has written for, among other publications, the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Civil Right Movement, and Balkan Insight, and she has also worked for Freedom House and Human Rights Watch. She has reported on diplomatic connections between Syrian rebels and Kosovo’s government, LGBT rights in Eastern Europe, and lackluster U.N. efforts to promote human rights in Burma. She holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.A. in international relations with a concentration in human rights from Yale University, where she was a fellow with the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership, researching South Africa’s failure to compensate generations of gold miners suffering from tuberculosis, silicosis, and other occupational diseases. A native of eastern North Carolina, her peculiar name comes from this book .
In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, journalist and FP columnist Lauren Wolfe joins 2014 Global Thinker Wendy Young to explore the commonalities of refugee crises, no matter where they occur. Seyward Darby, FP’s deputy editor for print, hosts.
About the participants:
Wendy Young is the president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization that pairs minors crossing the U.S. border unaccompanied with pro bono lawyers during their legal proceedings. Since launching in 2008, KIND has trained more than 10,000 attorneys and has partnered with more than 270 corporations, law firms, law schools, and bar associations. Young comes to KIND with a long history in immigration policy, with experience working for Sen. Ted Kennedy and at the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Young was a 2014 Global Thinker. Follow KIND on Twitter: @supportKIND.
Lauren Wolfe is a reporter and FP contributor. In addition to her online column for Foreign Policy, Wolfe has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Guardian about humanitarian crises in Syria, Congo, and other countries, with a particular focus on women and victims of abuse. She is also the director of the Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege project, a journalistic endeavor focused on sexualized violence in conflict. Follow her on Twitter: @Wolfe321.
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