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Announcements and Upcoming Events Archive

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Seminar: Working Successfully with Immigrant Families

Seminar: Working Successfully with Immigrant Families: An Ethical Collaborative Approach Addressing the Intersection of Child Welfare and Immigration Enforcement
Aug. 25, 2017
NASW-Arizona, Tucson. Contact: Jeremy Arp, chapter@naswaz.com

Migration and Child Welfare National Network is now CICW

We are excited to announce that the Migration and Child Welfare National Network is now the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. We think this new identity better reflects who we are and what we do and allows us the opportunity to expand into exciting new areas to help build the capacity of child welfare systems to address the needs of children in immigrant families. We hope that you will help us spread this exciting news to all of your related networks. Please read our Press Release for more information.

The CICW Has a New Director and Administrative Home

After a nearly two year hiatus, the CICW is back in full operation with a new director and administrative home. Our mission remains the same, with Dr. Megan Finno-Velasquez, of New Mexico State University, resuming leadership and relaunching regular activities this summer. Stay tuned for upcoming events and announcements!

Sixty Child Advocacy Organizations Join Statement

Sixty child advocacy organizations across the nation, including the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, have signed on to a joint statement, “On This We Agree: Children Require Special Care,” calling for the protection of children within the U.S. immigration system.
The statement outlines five general principles that immigration law and policy should uphold when dealing with children:
1. Children are different from adults and should be afforded special protections.
2. Children cannot have a fair immigration proceeding without a legal representative.
3. Children need time to establish trust.
4. Safety must be a paramount concern when investigating each child’s unique story.
5. The government should not disrupt the parent-child relationship except in extraordinary circumstances, and only then to protect the child’s safety.
Click here for more information.

CICW launches new webpage

The CICW has launched a new webpage to keep practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and funders up to date on the humanitarian crisis of hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico arriving every day in the United States. Visit this page regularly for the latest news, to learn more about the children who are leaving their homes for the dangerous journey to the U.S., and for key resources for assisting these children.