Joanne Seelig, Artistic Director of Education and Theatre for Change, Imagination Stage | April 25, 2022
Building Bridges for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the United States
Showing the Building Bridges for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the United States Video
Providing child-sensitive and adequate reception and care for the large and growing number of children on the move around the world, particularly those who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents or primary caregivers, is a global concern and an important priority for UNICEF. In January 2020, UNICEF and UNICEF USA (a U.S.-based entity) joined forces to launch the Building Bridges Initiative to bring together the worlds of international child rights and protection, immigration, and domestic child welfare in the United States. The initiative combines UNICEF’s global expertise with UNICEF USA’s unique experience in advocating and raising awareness on global child protection needs in the U.S. context.
The United States has a long history of offering refuge to children in need as well as advocating for children to be in protective family care. UNICEF’s report, "Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States," offers encouragement for U.S. policymakers and practitioners to build on that tradition by extending the same levels of care and protection to migrant and asylum-seeking children. It also urges governments to end child immigration detention and scale up family- and community-based reception, care, and support services for children, both in the United States and across the region. The report presents recommendations for the care and support of every migrant child, no matter their story, where they were born, or why they arrived unaccompanied.
With a focus on practical solutions and promising practices in the United States. and from around the world, Building Bridges seeks to bridge the worlds of international child rights and protection, immigration, and domestic child welfare. It illustrates how reception, care, and services for unaccompanied migrant children in the United States. and across the region can be built around the best interests of each child.
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) works in over 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
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Continuum of Care to Terra Firma: Providing Legal, Medical, and Mental Health Protection to Unaccompanied and Indigenous Immigrant Youth
Brett Stark, Esq., Co-founder, Terra Firma at Catholic Charities New York; Sofia Linarte, Managing Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors Program, Catholic Charities New York; Josephine Herman, Esq., Staff Attorney, Catholic Charities Community Services; Elizabeth Wood, Supervising Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors Program, Catholic Charities New York | April 21, 2022
Alondra Andrade, Community Engagement Coordinator, Tahirih Justice Center | April 20, 2022
Juanita Cabrera Lopez, Executive Director, International Mayan League; Dr. Emil’ Keme, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lorena Brady, Policy and Program Manager, International Mayan League | April 20, 2022
Kathleen Goss, Associate Director for Foster Care, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services; Johanna Neece, Program Specialist for the Foster Care Team, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services | April 20, 2022
Emily Bartholomew, J.D., LL.M. | April 20, 2022
Eric Macias, Ph.D. Candidate, State University of New York at Albany | April 20, 2022
Building Unaccompanied Children’s Resilience through Healthy Relationships in Their Destination Communities
Jonathan Beier, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute’s Human Services Initiative; Essey Workie, Director, Migration Policy Institute’s Human Services Initiative | April 20, 2022
Marc Elrich, Chief Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland; Gabe Albornoz, President, Montgomery County Council; Gillian Huebner, Executive Director, Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues | April 20, 2022