Promoting the Well-Being of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

  • Etiony Aldarondo
  • Rachel Becker


The presence of undocumented unaccompanied Latino immigrant children and youth in our communities poses a formidable challenge for this nation. This chapter highlights the plight of unaccompanied migrant minors (UIM) in the United States and around the world, what we know about their mental health and resiliency, and the government’s response to this issue; it also discusses the creation and evolution of an innovative community–university partnership designed to promote the human rights and well-being of UIMs in South Florida. Throughout this discussion, the authors urge readers to consider opportunities for infrastructure building at the community level, and the important role of local and federal governmental responses in the provision of specialized services for this population.


Unaccompanied minors Migrants Resiliency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, School of EducationUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.University of MiamiMiamiUSA

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