Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Aldrete, Diana


Existing academic analyses violence that Central American and particular Mexican immigrant families and/or adults face as they try to take the dangerous journey of crossing the border between Mexico and the United States in search for a better life. However, academic analysis of violence on children crossing the border is often overlooked. As a result, this research examines 1) why children and families with children from Mexico and Central America; in particular from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala decide to take the dangerous journey to the United States and 2) how child violence appears in the border of Mexico and the United States. This paper argues that families and children facing violence including gang violence, domestic violence, poverty, lack of employment, political injustices, lead many with little option but to send their children to immigrate illegally and unaccompanied to United States. This academic research also illustrates that child violence is not only very common in the border between Mexico and the United States but also often overlooked.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College Hartford Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in LACS: Hispanic Studies.