Treatment of Migrant Children on the US Southern Border Is Torture

Charles Oberg, Coleen Kivlahan, Ranit Mishori, William Martinez, Juan Raul Gutierrez, Zarin Noor and Jeffrey Goldhagen - Pediatrics

This article from the journal of Pediatrics argues that the treatment of migrant children at the U.S. southern border fulfills the three criteria for torture according to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and Rome Statute. These criteria are: severe pain and suffering, purposeful, and state consent. The article includes a call to action for pediatricians and child health professionals to "collaborate with other advocates and advocacy organizations to forge local, national and international responses to stop and prevent torture of migrant children at the border and globally."

*Note: This is a prepublication version of an article that has undergone peer review and been accepted for publication but is not the final version of record.