Advocating Locally on Behalf of Unaccompanied Minors
By Jen Riddle
Since October 2013, nearly 63,000 children have entered the United States along the Southern border. This is twice the number that came last year. CLINIC affiliates across the country have been working around the clock to provide critical legal representation to these children, as well as legal orientation presentations to their custodians. You may be encountering a host of questions from friends, family members, and others in your community related to the kids that you are serving. Who exactly are these children? Why are they leaving their countries to come to the United States alone? How long will they be staying here and what impact will they have on local communities? To assist you in answering these questions, dispelling widespread misinformation, and educating your policymakers and community members, we encourage you to consult and refer others to the following resources:
Learn more about why children are fleeing their homes, what they experience when they arrive in the United States, what the Catholic Church is doing, and how you can help.
This resource answers your questions about when and how unaccompanied children may come to live in your community and what impact they might have on local schools, healthcare services, and public safety.
This advocacy guide offers ten suggestions on how to show support for newly arrived children from Central America.
As they are developed, new educational and advocacy materials will be posted to CLINIC’s Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children under Advocacy Resources. If there are particular resources that you would like to see, please reach out to State and Local Advocacy Attorney Jen Riddle at (301) 565-4807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.