We Stand with Children Impacted by ICE Raids in Mississippi

If any children do face the possibility of prolonged separation, the Young Center will be there to help them. We are collaborating with local actors and have offered to provide technical assistance to attorneys and child welfare workers navigating the complex intersection of immigration and child welfare systems. If any children do face the possibility of prolonged separation, the Young Center will be there to help them.

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Maddie Witters
Border Screening for Children Has Failed

Recent data establishes that that CBP’s screening returns nearly every Mexican child, despite well-known risks of trafficking and persecution. We therefore recommend that policy makers reject any proposal that would subject all unaccompanied children to the same process as children from Mexico.

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Maddie Witters
Open Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights joined more than 200 organizations and individuals with expertise in migration, refugee law and human rights in signing a letter to to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to address grave human rights violations impacting migrants in Mexico and the United States, including asylum seekers, children and families.

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Maddie Witters
Andy and Junior Are Finally Reunited

Brothers Andy and Junior were separated at the United States border in October 2018. Seven-year-old Andy was transferred to a facility in New York and Junior, 21, was placed in an adult detention facility in Texas. The siblings were devastated, especially because Junior had been Andy’s primary caregiver in Honduras.

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Maddie Witters
Young Center's Statement on Supplemental Funding Bill Vote

“We are deeply disappointed that Congress could not pass a clean bill that was focused solely on the needs of vulnerable children,” said Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. “We hope that the public will hold DHS and Congress accountable for making sure these funds are actually used to protect immigrant children.

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Maddie Witters
How You Can Help Immigrant Children at the Border Right Now

Coverage of the patently dangerous conditions for children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody has brought renewed attention to an immigration system designed for adults, where children are seen as threats—not as infants, preschoolers, grade-schoolers or teens in need of protection. Here are some concrete actions you can take to help.

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Maddie Witters
Father’s Day Solidarity with Migrant Families

This winter, seven-year-old Marcos and his father arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after a difficult journey from Guatemala. Both are members of an indigenous community and speak the Mam language. Immigration officials interviewed Marcos’s father without an interpreter, and for reasons still unclear to the Young Center, separated father and son. They deported Marcos’s father without allowing him to take his son with him.

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Maddie Witters
Fighting for Survivors of Child Labor Trafficking

Ten years ago, 15-year-old May was taken from her hometown in Fuzhou, China—against her will—and brought to the United States. During her 8-month journey to the U.S.-Mexico border, May endured thirst, hunger, robbery, and sexual assault as she was handed off from stranger to stranger. When she finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration authorities identified her as an unaccompanied child and sent her to a children’s facility in Chicago.

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Maddie Witters