NEW YORK (November 17, 2022) – UNICEF USA welcomes the federal ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacating the use of Title 42 at the U.S.–Mexico border.

The consequences of Title 42, which was initially enacted as a public health order to stop the spread of COVID-19, are far-reaching and inconsistent with international law standards. In 2022 alone, Title 42 was used to expel 121,000 children and families – many of whom have been fleeing violence and danger.

Children’s rights do not stop at our borders. UNICEF USA strongly supports the ending of Title 42 and urges the U.S. Government to restart asylum processing at its borders as soon as possible. In doing so, there is an opportunity to ensure the reception system safeguards children’s rights and wellbeing.


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UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. Together, we are working toward a world that upholds the rights of all children and helps every child thrive. For more information, visit


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Jenna Buraczenski, UNICEF USA, (917) 720-1432,