|Contact: Stacie Blake
|June 4, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USCRI applauds President Obama’s response to unaccompanied immigrant children
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) applauds the recent decision to create an interagency task force, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to provide relief to the surging number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U.S. border.
"None of us can imagine the fear and trauma these children have survived. A unified response by our government demonstrates an understanding of the child protection needs evident in this situation." said Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI.
Deemed a humanitarian crisis, the emergency effort will address the initial housing, food, medical care and education provisions for vulnerable youth fleeing violence in their home countries.
USCRI provides pro bono legal support and follow up services for unaccompanied children across the country. For over 100 years USCRI has worked nationally to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and to support their transition to a dignified life.
USCRI will continue to monitor the development of the task force and work closely with long term partners at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).
For more information or to schedule an interview with Lavinia Limón,
please contact Stacie Blake, 727.215.8318