The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) announced the signing of two important agreements with the Government of the Republic of El Salvador to collaborate in providing comprehensive repatriation services for children returned to their country in collaboration with ISNA (Instituto Salvadoreño para el Desarrollo Integral de la Niñez y la Adolescencia), expand access to pro-bono legal services for unaccompanied children in the U.S. and training for consulate officials on U.S. immigration law and refugee matters.
“This new collaboration with the government of El Salvador is innovative in that the transnational nature of the work enables us to bring both our extensive network of legal services and our experience providing comprehensive social services to bear in order to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children in both the US and El Salvador. As always, the safety and protection of these vulnerable children remain our first priority regardless of their location.” said Lavinia Limón, President/CEO of USCRI.
USCRI has been providing services to unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America for over ten years including legal services, comprehensive post-release services, home visits and child advocates. Services in El Salvador will be managed through the USCRI field office in San Salvador and legal services will be managed from the Arlington, VA office. These agreements join a recent government of Honduras agreement for USCRI to provide training to consulate offices and legal services to Honduran children in the US.
USCRI’s mission is to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.