Professor Lenni Benson Takes Her New Book, “Protecting Migrant Children,” to Audiences Near and Far

portrait of professor lenni bensonFollowing the publication of her acclaimed new book, Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice, Professor Lenni Benson has been hitting the road to speak about the unprecedented number of children crossing international borders and how best to protect them.

Protecting Migrant Children explores the complex legal and human rights issues that arise when children cross borders as migrants and includes contributions from a range of immigration experts. The book’s co-editor, Professor Mary Crock of the University of Sydney, has joined Professor Benson at high-profile speaking engagements during the past several weeks. In October, Professors Benson and Crock spoke at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California Davis.

In early November, they presented at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.., as part of its Law, Justice, and Development Week 2018. While in D.C., they visited Georgetown Law School’s Human Rights Institute and the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

On November 8, NYLS hosted a special book reception and panel discussion that drew hundreds. NYLS Trustee Sybil Shainwald ’76 and Dean Anthony W. Crowell spoke. The panel of immigration experts included consultant pamela goldberg ’83, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Isabel Martinez, and NYLS Asylum Clinic Director Claire R. Thomas ’11—all contributors to the book. Julia Preston, a writer at The Marshall Project and a former foreign and national correspondent for The New York Times and The Washington Post, moderated.

Professor Benson followed the NYLS event with a November 13 talk at Harvard Law School. Her next stops will take her across the pond to Oxford on November 23 (more details). In early December, she will travel to Sweden to receive the Child 10 award from the Hugo Stenbeck Foundation, a global children’s rights group based in Sweden.

Professor Benson has advanced the rights of child migrants for decades. She is the founder of the Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit housed at NYLS that provides free legal counsel to children and teenagers facing immigration court.

Learn More

  • View photos from NYLS’s book reception.
  • Read the announcement on Professor Benson’s Child 10 award and book.