Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. After a dangerous journey, thousands of children seeking asylum have been heartbreakingly separated from their mothers and fathers when they reach the U.S. border. Recent news reports have exposed instances of abuse and neglect of these children – from refusing medical treatment, to threatening to keep children in a detention center if they didn’t behave. Children are suffering. LEARN MORE
How is Save the Children Helping?
Here in the U.S. we’re providing direct assistance to migrant children and their families. Together with our partners, we’re offering financial and communications support, as well as assisting families with legal representation, case management and reunification.
But we can’t do any of this important work without the support and the generosity of people like you. Please help reunite children and their families with a donation to the Border Crisis Children’s Relief Fund today.
5 Things You Need to Know
Save the Children is gravely concerned about the treatment and well-being of children from Latin American nations who are in the custody of the United States government after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Here’s what you need to know about the ongoing situation.
1. Many of the families and unaccompanied children arriving at the border are fleeing from a complex mix of social and economic factors.
In particular, they’re fleeing violence in their home communities and seeking asylum in America. The United States has always been a beacon of hope, welcoming the world’s people for nearly 250 years. Our country should remain a safe haven for such children and families. For families and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, we have a moral and legal obligation to ensure children are protected and their rights for due process are upheld.
2. Separating a child from his or her family unnecessarily is inhumane, traumatic and simply put, unacceptable.
The cruel act of separation can cause severe negative social and emotional consequences for the children and their families in the days, months and years ahead. Our global evidence shows that children living in institutions away from their families are highly vulnerable to emotional, physical and psychological abuse, which can lead to lasting developmental problems, injuries and trauma.
3. Save the Children believes the Presidential Executive Order addressing family separation achieves one thing: further harming already vulnerable children.
As announced, the Executive Order simply replaces family separation with indefinite family detention – this unconscionable order does not once mention the best interests of children. Save the Children has zero tolerance for policies that do not put children’s interests first. We know from our nearly 100 years of service that family detention has significant adverse effects on a child’s development and psychosocial well-being, which ultimately results in the loss of childhood.
4. Indefinite family detention is simply unacceptable.
Family detention centers have been consistently found unsuitable and injurious for children. The Executive Order does not address the needs of previously separated children or the need to uphold asylum rights. America has always been a beacon of hope and refuge – it is what makes our country great.
We have now heard the cries of these children from the border. We all must raise our voices and stand up for those children who are facing the unthinkable.
5. We continue to raise our voices and press for action.
We’re mobilizing our supporters and advocates to speak out against policies that harm children. Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) has generated nearly 100,000 messages to Congress. We call to end family separation and take immediate steps to reunite families.
Save the Children continues to closely monitor this situation and advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children. Because every child deserves safety and a chance at a future.
Childhood innocence, interrupted
Innocent children are being forced to flee for their lives. Then after a dangerous journey, many are cruelly separated from their parents or indefinitely detained. It doesn't have to be this way.
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