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Unaccompanied Minors

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Practice, Practice Highlight, Safety, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Best Practices for Safe Repatriation Advocacy  

The Young Center (October, 2020) 

Encouraging practitioners to operate from a trauma-informed lens when working with unaccompanied and separated immigrant children, this practice guide illustrates critical steps towards ensuring safe repatriation. The guide offers essential tips when working directly with clients and information regarding advocacy work with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), consulates, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   

Immigration Data Matters

By | Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Families Research, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal/Law, Research, Research Highlight, State Policies, Unaccompanied Minors

Immigration Data Matters  

Jeanne Batalova, Andriy Shymonyak and Michelle Mittelstadt, Migration Policy Institute (November, 2020) 

This updated and convenient guide contains more than 250 migration data resources from the United States and internationally from reliable governmental and non-governmental sources organized by topics ranging from labor migration to immigration enforcement.   

Immediate Priorities for the Protection of Immigrant Children

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Law & Policy, Legal/Law, Public Charge, Unaccompanied Minors

Immediate Priorities for the Protection of Immigrant Children 

The Young Center 

Developed by a coalition of organizations dedicated to the rights, health, and safety of immigrant children, this resource provides a list of 10 legislative priorities for the incoming Biden administration.   

Were You Separated From Your Child?

By | Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Practice, Practice Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors, Youth & Families

Were You Separated From Your Child?

Women’s Refugee Commission (September 2020)

The Women’s Refugee Commission, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Justice in Motion, and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP formed a court-appointed Steering Committee as a result of the Ms. L v. ICE class action lawsuit.  This lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2018 to try and halt the separation of parents and children as they arrived in the United States.  The Steering Committee is still attempting to locate parents that were separated from their children.  This flyer provides a toll-free number for parents to call in an attempt to reunite families.

Reimagining Children’s Immigration Proceedings: A Roadmap for an Entirely New System Centered around Children

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Unaccompanied Minors

Reimagining Children’s Immigration Proceedings: A Roadmap for an Entirely New System Centered around Children

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (October 2020)

This report, developed by experts in various fields, details a new framework for the federal government to use for providing aid to separated or unaccompanied minors that request to reside permanently in the United States. 

Care Provider Facilities Described Challenges Addressing Mental Health Needs of Children in HHS Custody

By | Highlighted Resources, Research Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors

Care Provider Facilities Described Challenges Addressing Mental Health Needs of Children in HHS Custody

Joanne M. Chiedi, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (September 2019)

Facilities struggled to address the mental health needs of children who had experienced intense trauma and had difficulty accessing specialized treatment for children who needed it.

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Custody and Care of Children at the Border: 2019 Congressional Briefing Book

By | Highlighted Resources, Law/Policy Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors

Custody and Care of Children at the Border: 2019 Congressional Briefing Book

Multiple Authors (September 2019)

This briefing book contains a white paper that provides background on the situation at the U.S.-Mexico Border and recommendations to improve care for children as well as experts’ biographies and contact information and additional materials.

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We Must Preserve the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 for Unaccompanied Children

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors

We Must Preserve the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 for Unaccompanied Children

Women’s Refugee Commission (April 3, 2019)

In an attempt to deter unaccompanied children from coming to the U.S., the Trump administration has made efforts to reduce or eliminate protections within the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (“TVPRA”) and to expedite processing for children already in the U.S. This backgrounder explains the danger of these changes, and how they protections for children seeking safety in the US.

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Children as Bait: Impacts of the ORR-DHS Information-Sharing Agreement

By | Immigrant Youth, Legal/Law, Research, Research Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

Children as Bait: Impacts of the ORR-DHS Information-Sharing Agreement

Women’s Refugee Commission, National Immigrant Justice Center, Washington College of Law (March 26, 2019)

This report reviews the potential impacts of the new Memorandum of Agreement between the HHS and DHS to share information about unaccompanied children in government custody and their prospective sponsors. The report evaluates findings from a survey of individuals involved in the sponsorship application and vetting processes—including attorneys, biometrics technicians and fingerprint specialists, and child advocates—in order to better understand and document the full range of implications of this new MOA.

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