A 12-year old boy buries his face against his father as he mourns the death of his brother in El Salvador.

Violence, gangs and crippling poverty has driven families like 12-year old Jose*'s to flee El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and seek safety in the United States.

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How to Help Migrant Children at the U.S. Southern Border

All children deserve to be protected from harm. The health of our children is only possible when each and every one is protected. And yet, far too many children and families have had their rights violated while seeking asylum in the United States. 

Seeking asylum is not a crime. Separating a child from his or her family unnecessarily is inhumane, traumatic and unacceptable.

Here are some ways that you can become and stay involved in the call to help vulernable children at the U.S. Southern Border:

Learn About the Issues 
A complex mix of social and economic factors has caused families and unaccompanied children to flee their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Violence, brutal gangs and entrenched poverty are among the top reasons migrants cite for seeking safety and protection in the United States.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, where child homicide rates are highest in the world, violent criminal activity has been on the rise for the past decade.[i] Sadly, nearly 70 children in this region die each and every day due to interpersonal violence. This homicide rate is over three times the global average.

In communities where gang activity is prevalent, the fear of gangs prevents young people from holding jobs. The same fear prevents students from going to school. In El Salvador alone, nearly 40,000 children dropped out of school in 2015, primarily out of concern for their own safety.[ii]

As the parent of a young child, the decision to leave your home country can be a matter of life or death. Older children who are still vulnerable yet increasingly aware of their own mortality are deciding to flee on their own, leaving everything behind, including the only family they’ve ever known, for a chance to live another day.

Speak Up About the Treatment of Children and Families Migrating from Central American Nations
As children’s rights continue to be violated at the border, Save the Children cannot and will not remain silent.

Families and children who’ve undertaken the harrowing and dangerous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border are being held in prison-like detention facilities never intended to serve large groups of families or young children. Boys and girls are often held in horrific conditions for extended periods of time, without enough food and without access to basic services and care.

Save the Children upholds the rights of children, and you can join us.

Together with our advocacy partner, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Save the Children is advocating to ensure children’s rights are upheld and families are afforded protection under U.S. and international laws. We are also calling for the root causes of the crisis to be addressed.

Through the SCAN, our supporters have written more than 567,000 emails to policymakers, speaking out against the violations of children’s rights, and advocating for protections. Our work will continue as long as children’s rights aren’t fully realized or protected.

Support Our Work at the U.S. Border
Save the Children has been protecting children and their rights for over 100 years; we don’t choose sides, we choose children. 

We’re providing humanitarian aid at the U.S. Southern Border, advocating for children’s rights and tackling the root causes of this crisis. 

Sponsor a Child in El Salvador
Since 1980, Save the Children in El Salvador has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow.

By sponsoring a child in El Salvador, you can help save a life.

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding over 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. To learn more about our work at the border, visit savethechildren.org/bordercrisis

[i][ii] 2018 End of Childhood Report

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