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Facebook Live: A 20-Year Retrospective of the Unaccompanied Children’s Program

In partnership with the Children’s Village, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has begun a one-year project looking back at the Unaccompanied Children’s Program from the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 until today. This project will look at how the care of unaccompanied children has changed since the Homeland Security […]

USCRI’s Statement on the Resumption of the Remain in Mexico Program

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) expresses disappointment at the Biden administration’s announcement that it will be resuming the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico program, by mid-November. USCRI urges the administration to draft a new memorandum terminating the program before mid-November, following the guidelines and requirements set [...]

USCRI Policy Snapshot: Arriving Unaccompanied Children

Unaccompanied children (UCs) are minors who arrive in the United States without a parent or legal guardian and who do not hold legal immigration status. Typically, arriving UCs are placed into a network of shelters that are run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Shelter care providers offer temporary homes and services, including educational, […]

Case Management for Unaccompanied Children in ORR Care

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) operates the Unaccompanied Children’s Program to serve children from non-contiguous countries who arrive without a parent and do not have legal immigration status. Since 2002, the UC Program has served more than 400,000 children. ORR serves children via a national network of shelters who provide care for children in […]

Unaccompanied Children’s Arrivals are a Humanitarian Challenge – But a Solvable One

For much of 2020, U.S. authorities turned away all asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border, including both families arriving together and unaccompanied children. The prior Administration attempted to justify the restrictions by a novel invocation of Title 42 of the United States Code, which grants a weak form of quarantine power to the Centers […]