Policy Recommendations to Improve the Protection and Care for Unaccompanied Children   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Thousands of refugee and immigrant children come to the United States alone or with their families each year, many having fled life-threatening dangers in their countries of origin. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, more than 69,000 unaccompanied children entered the custody of the U.S. federal government. Unaccompanied children (UCs) are under 18 years old, have no legal immigration status, and arrive in the United States without a parent or legal guardian to provide care and custody. [...] The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has presented tremendous challenges to the health and safety of unaccompanied children in the United States--challenges that will continue in the medium term. [...] As the United States proceeds with COVID-19 vaccinations and enters a new phase, an unusual opportunity has emerged to accomplish three key goals at once. First, the United States can respond to a public-health crisis while drawing on the critical lessons of the pandemic, and with the high standards that the United States can afford. Second, the United States can address needs that predate the pandemic by improving coordination, transparency, and UC outcomes across the system of UC care. Finally, the United States can take proactive measures that help ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] prepare for the next UC crisis, whenever it may occur."

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
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