Unaccompanied Children: Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
The International Rescue Committee is increasingly concerned by the humanitarian crisis now unfolding on the southwestern borders of the United States. There is no doubt that many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors now seeking refuge in the U.S. are bona fide refugees and that others may qualify for other forms of immigration relief.
How We Help
The IRC is speaking out on behalf of the protection needs of the many thousands of unaccompanied children arriving in the recent surge of migrants to U.S. borders:
- The IRC’s vice president of public policy and advocacy, Sharon Waxman, submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee for the July 10 hearing: “Review of the President’s Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters.”
- In an IRC statement released on June 20, World Refugee Day, IRC president David Miliband urged that emergency funding be allocated to respond to the needs of these "incredibly vulnerable" young children.