Dolores's Journey to Safety

Dolores, * a 6-year-old girl from Guatemala, and her mother fled Central America after facing domestic violence. While they were crossing the border, Dolores’s mother was injured. She was told by border officials that they would watch over Dolores while she received medical attention. Instead, Dolores was transferred more than 2,500 miles away to a government shelter in New York.

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Maddie Witters
A Sin to Despair

I am the grandchild of immigrants. My paternal grandfather fled Vienna after Adolf Hitler took power in next-door Germany and was lucky enough to be able to come to the United States and start a new life. I know, in the marrow of my bones, that it is only the sheerest accident of history that it is other people’s children, and not my own, wailing for their missing parents in places of horror like Clint.

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Maddie Witters
Meeting the Eyes of Separated Children

From Young Center Executive Director Maria Woltjen: If you do nothing else today, I hope you’ll read this story by my colleague, my treasured friend, Jajah Wu. It will make you cry. It will make you angry. It will make you thankful there are people like Jajah fighting for immigrant kids.

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Maddie Witters
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