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K.O, age 17, Harris County Youth Village, Houston, Texas

K.O, age 17, Harris County Youth Village, Houston, Texas

“I was the valedictorian of my class. I graduated from school in Louisiana. Then my mom and I were in a shelter, so I ran away. That was nine months ago.”

B.H. and S.H, ages 14 and 16, Twin River Cottage, Missouri Hills, Missouri

B.H. and S.H, ages 14 and 16, Twin River Cottage, Missouri Hills, Missouri

“On the outside, much of my time was spent looking at relationships in terms of who is going to fight me and who likes me.”

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

A and E, ages 18 and 16, Postville, Iowa

“On the day of raid everyone was running, running from the plant, running from immigration. One of them shouted, ‘You can run, you can hide, but we will find you and pull you up by your hair.’ We all thought we were going to be killed, so we threw the knives under the table so they couldn’t use them against us.”

C, age 17, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho

C, age 17, Caldwell Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho

“I’ve been here for four and a half months. I dropped out of high school. But here I’m a model prisoner. My dad was supposed to be at court today but he didn’t show and my mom never visits. My dad just got laid off, he was in the National Guard.”

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

N, age 12, Douglas County Youth Services, Lawrence, KS

“I get all As in school. I’ve been here a week, but I’ve been here before. I got in a fight in school, he was making fun of my mom. My mom and I live with my grandpa, she doesn’t work.”