Professor Lenni Benson, a Leading Immigration Scholar, Publishes “Protecting Migrant Children” and Wins Global “Child 10” Award

New York, NY (November 14, 2018) – New York Law School (NYLS) Professor Lenni B. Benson has published Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice, a comprehensive resource for human rights advocates, policymakers, and others who promote the well-being of child migrants around the world.

In addition, in recognition of her work with child migrants and her standing as an academic and advocate, Professor Benson will receive the prestigious Child 10 award from the Hugo Stenbeck Foundation, a global children’s rights group based in Sweden. The annual award is given to 10 leaders worldwide for their efforts to protect vulnerable children. The 2018 awards ceremony, which will be held in early December, is themed “Without Papers but Not Without Rights.”

“Professor Lenni Benson is a tireless human rights advocate whose commitment to protecting and supporting our youngest immigrants has never waned,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “Her new book, Protecting Migrant Children, is required reading for those inspired to follow in her footsteps, and I am deeply proud that she has earned well-deserved global recognition for her work.”

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. The Safe Passage Project’s motto is “No child should face the immigration process alone,” and its caseload is now close to 1,000. (Learn more.) She also teaches NYLS’s popular Immigration Law and Litigation Clinic and other immigration law courses; serves on taskforces devoted to expanding resources for young immigrants; speaks internationally on immigration topics; and is frequently quoted in the media.

About “Protecting Migrant Children”

Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice (Edward Elgar Publishing) explores the complex legal and human rights issues that arise when children cross borders as migrants. Professor Benson and University of Sydney Professor of Public Law Mary Crock served as co-editors. The book includes contributions from leading scholars in immigration, refugee law, children’s rights, and human trafficking. It has received praise from top immigration scholars. Learn more.