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Unaccompanied Minors

A Vision Forward: Policies Needed to Protect the Best Interests of ‘Category 4′ Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

By | Child Well-Being, Foster Care, Immigrant Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

A Vision Forward: Policies Needed to Protect the Best Interests of ‘Category 4′ Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic, Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America; Migration & Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (June 2021)

This report details the findings from a survey of long-term foster care (LTFC) and unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) program providers and highlights how the federal system departs from core child welfare principles. It also offers policy recommendations to better protect the interests of these vulnerable children.

Strengthening Services for Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Communities

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Language Issues, Research Highlight, Trauma, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

Strengthening Services for Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Communities

Mark Greenberg, Kylie Grow, Stephanie Heredia, Kira Monin and Essey Workie; Migration Policy Institute (June 2021)

This report reviews federal post-release services for unaccompanied minors and highlights ongoing gaps in meeting these children’s needs. It also provides recommendations for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), state and local governments, and community providers in order to improve outcomes for unaccompanied minors.

Webinar-Ensuring Immigration Courts Consider Children’s Best Interests

By | Child Well-Being, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Webinar-Ensuring Immigration Courts Consider Children’s Best Interests

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (June 22, 2021)

This webinar discusses the Young Center’s work and advocacy around the incorporation of a “best interests mandate” into federal law and policy.

Central American Minors Program: Providing a Safe Alternative to a Dangerous Migration Journey

By | Federal Policy, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Unaccompanied Minors

Central American Minors Program: Providing a Safe Alternative to a Dangerous Migration Journey

Kids in Need of Defense (June 7, 2021)

This policy brief provides background, updates, and recommendations on the Central American Minors (CAM) program, which enables some children to apply for refugee protection or parole from their home country.

Pushed Into Harm’s Way: Forced Returns of Unaccompanied Migrant Children to Danger by the USA and Mexico

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Research Highlight, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

Pushed Into Harm’s Way: Forced Returns of Unaccompanied Migrant Children to Danger by the USA and Mexico

Amnesty International (June 11, 2021)

This report details the deportations of thousands of unaccompanied minors by both the USA and Mexico without sufficient screenings for the danger and harm these children may encounter, and offers recommendation to both nation’s government to address these issues.

Webinar: Serving LGBTQIA Children Who Are Seeking Protection

By | Culture: Issues and Competencies, Immigrant Youth, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Webinar: Serving LGBTQIA Children Who Are Seeking Protection

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (March 25, 2021)

This webinar explores the strengths and challenges that LGBTQIA children encounter when they seek protection in the United States.  The panel of experts that participated in the webinar discuss how they have worked with this population and offer recommendations for improving the immigration system so that it can better support immigrant LGBTQIA youth.

Rapid Evidence Assessment: What Works to Protect Children on the Move

By | Child Well-Being, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Research, Research Highlight, Social Work, Unaccompanied Minors, Unaccompanied Minors Research

Rapid Evidence Assessment: What Works to Protect Children on the Move 

UNHCR (July 2020) 

In response to the evidence gap surrounding what does and does not work for migrant and displaced children “on the move” and by reviewing relevant literature, this assessment seeks to answer three questions – what interventions have proven most effective in protecting children, what factors of implementation make these interventions effective or ineffective, and what systems of child protection and social welfare make them effective? 

How the U.S. Citizenship Act Impacts Children

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal/Law, Unaccompanied Minors

How the U.S. Citizenship Act Impacts Children 

CLASP (March 2021) 

This fact sheet covers the potential impact of the recently introduced U.S. Citizenship Act upon children, including a pathway to citizenship, a four-year strategy addressing causes of child migration, the development of guidelines for children in CBP custody, the provision of grants to educational agencies serving unaccompanied minors, facilitating family reunification, and eliminating current restrictions to immigrants for means-tested federal benefits. The authors indicated that collectively, this bill’s implementation would promote immigrant children’s safety and development.

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

By | Child Well-Being, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Transnational Resources, Unaccompanied Minors

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

UNICEF (February 2021) 

This report from UNICEF provides a roadmap of practice in the humane reception of unaccompanied children. Utilizing examples from both the United States and abroad, it provides eight recommendations that span the work of international child rights, domestic child welfare, and immigration to create an environment that functions in the best interest of children.