MacArthur Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to Young Center

Yesterday’s grant will ensure our continued work in Chicago and at our eight programs across the country, where we are appointed to the most vulnerable children, including children forcibly separated from their parents, babies and toddlers, pregnant and parenting teenagers, children with mental illness or physical disabilities, and child trafficking survivors.

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Maddie Witters
Children’s Rights Organizations Condemn New Threat to Separate Families

“Separating families inflicts real harm on children. It is unconscionable. Separating families is designed to ensure they never have their day in court—they will either give up their claims to avoid separation, or they will have to appear in immigration court and make complex legal arguments while suffering from the trauma of separation,” said Young Center Executive Director Maria Woltjen.

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Maddie Witters
Young Center Statement on Draft Flores Regulations

“If the administration implements these proposed rules, children and families will face indefinite immigration detention. This is unacceptable. Even brief periods of detention can cause psychological trauma and induce long-term mental health risks for children,” said Young Center Executive Director Maria Woltjen.

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Maddie Witters