Announcements / December 2017

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Thanks Oak Foundation

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants expresses gratitude for the recent gift of $1M in support of Nuevo Comienzo, a North Carolina based program serving unaccompanied migrating children. Oak Foundation had previously supported the program with a gift of $1M over the past two years.

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

Unaccompanied migrating children need legal and other supports as they face immigration court proceedings and seek protection. Funding from Oak Foundation makes this possible and changes the lives of vulnerable children in impactful ways.

Nuevo Comienzo has changed in response to client needs, the new administration, and our greater expertise. The new program includes:
· Establish a low bono mental health service program to provide direct services to UC and their families, and expand local capacity to treat UC suffering from anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related conditions.
· Respond to the increasing need for immigration services, specifically assistance with UC affirmative and defensive asylum applications, through legal services and representation.
· Provide technical assistance and training opportunities to local providers and stakeholders, to increase community awareness and competencies in supporting the unique needs of UC.
· Provide post-release services (PRS) to ensure safety, well-being, and a successful integration into the community. PRS will accomplish this through a separate funding source.

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