USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

New International Partnership Will Uncover and Address Migration Trends in Central America

May 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and La Universidad Tecnológica (Utec) signed today an international collaboration agreement on Utec’s campus in San Salvador. Through a new initiative, the partners will create awareness, conduct research, and present proposals for programs relating to Central American migration issues. 

In 2005, USCRI began focusing on the rapidly growing incidence of unaccompanied immigrant children arriving in the United States. In 2005, the number of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by US authorities and placed in government care was 7,100. Last year, the number increased to 13,625 and in 2013 the projection is nearly double, at 24,000. While in 2005 the majority of those children were Mexican, today 88% of the children are arriving from Central America. 

Utec’s Chancellor Nelson Zárate stated that this partnership will strengthen collaborative work in the field of migration, an issue that Utec has paid close attention during the last seven years. 

At USCRI, President and CEO Lavinia Limón highlighted the importance of this partnership. “We are excited about this international collaboration with the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. We look forward to working together in the area of research and creating awareness about unaccompanied Salvadoran migrant children and other important migration issues affecting the Central American region,” said Ms. Limón. 

Utec is the first Central American university that USCRI has partnered with to conduct academic research and analysis regarding migration. 

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has provided leadership for more than a century to protect the rights of persons in forced and voluntary migration worldwide. The organization advances humane public policy, facilitates and provides direct professional services, and promotes the full participation of migrants in community life.

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Media Contacts

Roberto Ponce, 703-310-1165, rponce[at]uscridc.org
Jenelle Eli, 703-310-1166, jeli[at]uscridc.org

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