USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

The Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Situation, Explained

Solutions to the Unaccompanied Children Situation

After a century of serving the uprooted, we know a refugee situation when we see one. As the unaccompanied children situation continues and the White House searches for solutions, we have compiled solutions grounded in international law and historical precedent. On July 8th, President Obama announced an emergency supplemental funding for the unaccompanied children. With this request, it will be critical to consider the situation, stories, and solutions to the Central American children crossing borders.  

Get a preview to the 6 solutions here.

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On December 1, 2014 the U.S. State Department announced the official launch of an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This program provides some children a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to embarking on the dangerous journey, alone, to the U.S. Learn more here.

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I am Solo Campaign

I am solo is an online advocacy campaign to educate the public on the plight of the thousands of unaccompanied refugee children crossing the U.S. southern border every week.

Children don’t travel over 1,000 miles on a whim. We have an obligation under international law to provide these vulnerable children with a stable place of refuge. It is our moral duty to help these innocent children in situations of desperation to be free of crime, abuse, and violence to seek safety and be reunited with family. We don’t want to live in a world where children go unprotected, do you?

In June 2014, we simulated the immensity of the situation with visual stories on Facebook and Twitter based on almost a decade of experience serving these children. In one week’s time we portrayed the magnitude of the situation with each story representing 10 children that cross in any given week. See all the stories on our Pinterest board.


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How We Help the Children

Pro bono attorney network: At USCRI, we partner with thousands of pro bono attorneys who give their time and talents to ensure justice for all as record numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children reach our borders in search of a better life. Learn more about our legal program and apply to become a pro bono attorney today!

Case management: These same vulnerable children also benefit from the tireless advocacy of our case workers, who make essential community connections to create a nurturing environment for a fresh start. 
Many children are deemed by ORR to be in serious need of social services due to extensive histories of abuse, trauma or neglect.  We ensure the child’s safety after reunification with their family through the provision of in-home social services and linkages to education, legal, health and mental health providers.

Learn more about the unaccompanied children's journey.

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To learn more about the issues or how you can get involved, contact:

Stacie Blake, Director of Government and Community Relations
office: 703.310.1130 x 3111
mobile: 727.215.8318 


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