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Children Crossing the Border

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Ways to Contribute

Felicia Escobar: Protect Arriving Refugees at Our Southern Border

This active petition was started by human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury to address the plight of the children fleeing Central America, who are now threatened with almost immediate deportation back to the violence they fled. 


Kids In Need of Defense

Please help ensure that these children have a lawyer at their side as they face complex legal proceedings. No child should face immigration court alone.

Lawyers Giving Back

Links to several ways lawyers and non-lawyers can assist unaccompanied children (includes links to resources, activities and organizations beyond Texas).

Unaccompanied Children Frequently Asked Questions

Includes links to LIRS and USCCB foster care opportunities and much other useful information.

NASW Response to Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Arm yourself with facts from the National Association of Social Workers.

Read MCN's statement published July 15, 2014:

The Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) holds the position that immigrant children fleeing violence in their home countries must receive priority consideration for their safety and health. In our current advocacy statement, MCN states:

We support the humane treatment of immigrant, migrant, and undocumented populations being held in detention; specifically, the provision of basic and necessary health care needs that prevents the endangerment and loss of life.

Conditions described in the press underscore the critical need to improve basic living conditions and provide health care. We are grateful for our colleagues providing services along the US/Mexico border and commend their initiative and humanity. Action is required to prevent the further endangerment and loss of life for immigrant children. We believe the following steps are now necessary:

1. Obtain sound, up to date information that accurately describes circumstances of the arrival, apprehension, detention, care and return of immigrant children.

It is incumbent upon our civil society to be well informed of actions taken by our government and the governments of neighboring counties. MCN is not a primary source of information on immigrant children but serves as a conduit for accurate information by identifying reliable sources of reporting. Please visit these sites for current information:

2. Articulate your concerns and position to your legislators and policy makers so that they are informed of the desires of their constituents.

Clear statements supporting the provision of safe living conditions and basic health care coupled with continuing supervision of these minors by those who receive them must be delivered to decision-makers. This minimal level of human responsibility to child welfare must not be ignored or refused because of larger abstract concerns related to immigration.

3. Support efforts to bring basic and necessary health care to vulnerable immigrant children.

Several organizations are deploying clinicians to communities along the US/Mexico border to provide basic health care services to immigrant children detained in inadequate facilities awaiting administrative processing. Directed donations of supplies or money are needed but are best sent in response to well organized efforts.

4. Support or provide foster care for immigrant children without family support as they await review in the immigration system. Care of these children is a humanitarian need that transcends political affiliations. There is an urgent need for families to host these children in the foster system rather than to keep them in makeshift detention centers. Your local foster care agency will have current information on the needs in your area. Those who are not able to foster can send tangible gifts to foster families through appropriate foster agencies serving these children. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are two of the larger providers of foster care management for this population.

Download PDF of statement here

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