Young Center's Maria Woltjen, Chicagoan of the Year

Late this spring, when the news media began widely reporting that U.S. Border Patrol agents were carrying out an official policy of separating undocumented children from their parents, a public outcry erupted and activists sprang into action. At that moment, Maria Woltjen could be forgiven for thinking, What took you so long?

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Maddie Witters
Our Deepest Sympathies

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Women’s Refugee Commission condemn a new plan under consideration to separate families at the border.

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Maddie Witters
An Update on Family Reunifications: Successes and Ongoing Challenges

Throughout the month of July, Young Center attorneys, social workers, and volunteer Child Advocates have helped reunify children with their parents after weeks or months of separation. Like in the case of three-year-old Aron, where our Child Advocate made it possible for the toddler to be reunified with his mother and released from government custody after a four-and-a-half month separation. 

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Maddie Witters
A Day of Reunions

Today, Young Center Child Advocates in three different cities helped to safely reunify toddlers who were unlawfully taken from their parents by the government. These parent-child reunions were the result of months of fighting for these families, from finding the documents to establish their relationships, to setting up phone and video calls, to finding family or community organizations willing to provide shelter.

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Maddie Witters
Airbnb Donates $10,000 in Housing Vouchers to the Young Center

On Tuesday, as reported by Crain's New York, Airbnb announced a donation of $10,000 in free housing vouchers to the Young Center in support of our efforts to reunify families. These vouchers will help the Young Center expand our network of Child Advocates beyond its current geographic scope, support staff when working on family reunification cases that require travel, and facilitate key training and strategy sessions dedicated to child and family rights.

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Maddie Witters
June 1: National Day of Action for Children

We continue to hear from people who are outraged by the U.S. government's policy to take children away from their mothers and fathers at the border. We've received an outpouring of support and interest, and many have asked, "How can we help?" Here's how you can help right now: Join today's National Day of Action for Children

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Maddie Witters
The Young Center’s Vanessa Pineda discusses threats to immigrant children and families on Spanish-language pediatrician podcast Las Doctoras Recomiendan

Las Doctoras Recomiendan is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has stood alongside the Young Center as an outspoken opponent of family separation in recent months. The episode featuring Vanessa is titled “Leyes de Inmigración: lo que toda familia immigrante debe saber” (Immigration laws: what every immigrant family should know).

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Maddie Witters