By Benjamin Flowers: Following reports of 12-year-old Ashley Enriquez making the dangerous trek to the United States through Mexico, the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) says that it is gravely concerned over the case.
“Collectively we have the obligation to focus on the best interest of children,” the NCFC said. “Parents have the responsibility to ensure that the decisions they make are always in the best interest of the child, ensuring their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.”
The NCFC added that it continues to work with local and international partners to promote children’s rights and raise awareness on issues affecting those rights, while also collaborating with police in identifying best practices when dealing with children. The Committee also applauded the efforts of the Department of Human Services (DHS), for swiftly moving to address the matter once it had been reported by the media.
Enriquez made local and international headlines as she gave an interview at the US-Mexico border, explaining that she was on her way to meet her father in Houston, Texas. Enriquez said that she was making the trek because her family was struggling economically and that her mother sent her with an aunt to make it across Mexico and into the US.
Earlier this week the Department of Human Services said that it is reviewing Enriquez’s situation and should any neglect be observed, Enriquez’s mother will be criminally charged.