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Representing Unaccompanied Children: What to Do and How to Do It

As the news of the large numbers of unaccompanied children apprehended along the border began to break, CLINIC went into high gear to figure out how we could support our affiliates and other service providers inundated with requests for assistance from this vulnerable population.  Training is one of the things CLINIC does best so we started to think about what type of training would be most useful.  My colleague Debbie Smith and I took the lead on developing the curriculum, materials and webinars for a course.  With assistance from other CLINIC staff,  we put together a four-week course co


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"If you listen very closely, you can hear the detained families chanting and yelling along with us.  This was a very moving experience.  Many participants were moved to tears when they heardthe women and children’s voices from the other side of the fence.”


My first post discussed one of many examples of the life-giving work that the Church is doing to support immigrant families who are not detained and contrasted the Catholic shelter to the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.

Last week, I visited the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, and saw first hand how our country is responding to the issue of women and children seeking refuge at our border.  I also had the opportunity to see in action how the Catholic Church is responding to these same women and children.