Unaccompanied Children: Humanitarian crisis at the border
Some 60,000 unaccompanied children from Central America crossed the United States border last summer, many fleeing violence and seeking reunion with a parent. There is no doubt that many are bona fide refugees and that others may qualify for other forms of immigration relief. The International Rescue Committee is working to raise awareness of the crisis and helping some of these young people restart their lives.
How We Help
- IRC offices around the United States are assisting parents who qualify to file applications for the U.S. State Department’s Central American Minors in-country resettlement program for their children
- Several IRC offices are providing support to unaccompanied children and their families, including school enrollment, medical care, legal assistance, and specialized services for survivors of abuse and trafficking
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, 2014 hearing: “Review of the President’s Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters.”
- In an IRC statement released on June 20, 2014, World Refugee Day, IRC president David Miliband urged that emergency funding be allocated to respond to the needs of these "incredibly vulnerable" young children.