Save the Children remains deeply concerned about the treatment and well-being of migrant children by the U.S. government. Many of the families and unaccompanied children in the migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border are seeking asylum from violence – this is not a crime. We oppose family separation and detention; these practices are harmful to a child.
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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.
4 Things You Need to Know About Children in Crisis at the Border
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. Indefinite family detention is simply unacceptable.
Family detention centers have been consistently found unsuitable and injurious for children.
We have heard children’s cries from the border. We all must raise our voices and stand up for those children who are facing the unthinkable.
4. Every child has a right to safety, protection and a future.
Children should not have to experience the trauma that comes from daily threats, a terrifying journey, forcefully being removed from their parents, facing danger at the border or being held indefinitely by the U.S. government.
History will judge how we respond right now. We have a choice. Will we embrace and protect traumatized, vulnerable children or put soldiers and Cortina wire between them and a chance at safety? Providing asylum to children who need it is our obligation under the law, as allies, and as human beings.
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.
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