The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement sets a limit on the length of time migrant children can be detained, requires that they be held in the least restrictive area possible, and guarantees access to basic hygiene supplies, adequate nutrition, and appropriate clothing.
Professor Elora Mukherjee is the director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and she has been working on issues related to the Flores Settlement for over a decade. During this lunch talk, Professor Mukherjee will speak about her experiences enforcing the Settlement. She will also share what she observed this summer at the southern border as a Flores Settlement monitor while inspecting government facilities where migrant children are detained. Finally, she will discuss how the current administration is attempting to end the Settlement and the impact this will have on migrant children and families.