Case Study I: Identification and Documentation
(Mary Choi, Karla Fuentes, Sneha Patel)

There are several important pieces of information that we need to find out about Jean-Claude. It is essential to know his full name, the names of people in his immediate and extended family, family history, and his address. We also need to know if he is indeed an unaccompanied child, the circumstances which brought him to the camp, how/when he arrived at the camp, and if he recognizes anyone. It would be helpful to know his ethnicity, languages spoken, and family’s occupation. Information regarding Jean-Claude’s community including names of village elders, place of worship, and if he went to school (if so, name of teacher) may be beneficial as well. We would also want more information about his brother Emile, such as age, what he looks like, what he was wearing, etc. so that we may actively search for him.

In order to find the answers to these questions, we would start by interviewing Jean-Claude and other people in the camp. The documentation and registration process would be started immediately and it would be made clear to anyone being interviewed that no additional material support will be provided for assisting in the identification of Jean-Claude. We would complete a registration form, establish an individual profile, and include Jean-Claude’s photo and registration information in the registration book.

Jean-Claude would be interviewed by well-trained staff in a quiet, calm setting. We would record what Jean-Claude is wearing and a description of what he has with him. Since it is possible that he may have trouble remembering his exact address or course of flight, we would try to obtain this information by asking him to draw a map of his village and location of his house. We would ask him to include any nearby mountains, rivers, bridges, or other landmarks near his house. The map could also be helpful in determining which way he ran from the house, his course of travel, and seeing which way the rest of his family may have fled if they did not go in the direction Jean-Claude had anticipated. To learn more about Jean-Claude’s family, we would ask for his assistance in drawing a family tree and also ask for relevant information (age, clothes, etc.) about Emile and potentially missing Pascal.

We would then show a picture of Jean-Claude to others in the camp to see if anyone recognizes him or remembers anything about him. Based on Jean-Claude’s description of his brothers, we would ask people in the camp if they may have seen them as well. Interviews with other children could also lead to information about the location of Jean-Claude’s family members. It would be important to find out more detailed information about what was happening in the area when Jean-Claude was forced to flee. By interviewing others, we could potentially figure out if Jean-Claude’s village moved to a specific location, and how the location of the fighting may have affected their direction of flight.