Unaccompanied immigrant children arrive in the United States without parents or resources. Most traveled here to escape domestic abuse, gang violence, human trafficking, or extreme poverty in their home countries. Some come to the U.S. to seek asylum, some to seek better opportunities, and some simply to reunite with family members alreadyliving in the United States. Many of these children are deported without ever having spoken to an attorney. Our goal is to ensure that these children receive the proper legal, social, and health services they deserve.
First Ladies of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala Address USCRI's Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, On Their Own
USCRI held a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss the serious crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children. The First Ladies of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala attended and spoke to more than 200 experts, practitioners, and policy makers. Over the past several years, the number of unaccompanied immigrant children making the choice to travel from Central America to the U.S. southern border has increased dramatically.
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A Risky Trip Leads to Stardom and Sanctuary
The number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the U.S. is a growing humanitarian crisis. Which Way Home, an Emmy Award-winning documentary film directed by Rebecca Cammisa, shows the dangers faced by Central American youth who cross Mexico atop freight trains to reach the United States. Working closely with Ms. Cammissa, USCRI's Immigrant Children's Legal Program found a volunteer attorney for Kevin, a Honduran teenager featured in the film. Subsequently, the volunteer attorney helped Kevin obtain asylum in the United states.
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