Ask Congress to Protect Refugee and Migrant Children

In October 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, children make their way to the Gevgelija reception center for refugees and migrants, close to the border with Greece.

UPDATE: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just issued a report, “Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care”. The report indicates that thousands of children may have been separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities during an influx that began in 2017 and that the total number of children separated is unknown. This is unacceptable. Whether a child is in the custody of a caregiver or a government entity, their safety is absolutely critical. Please urge your elected officials to ensure these children are accounted for and protected.”

Every child, regardless of borders, needs to be safe and protected. UNICEF has advocated tirelessly for children’s rights around the globe for more than 70 years, and knows that children need to be seen as children, first and foremost.

UNICEF opposes both separating children from their families for the purposes of migration control, and detaining children for any length of time, with or without parents.The practices and conditions – separation and indefinite family detention – that migrant children currently face violate their rights and threaten their physical and mental health. Moreover, refugee and migrant children are often victimized by discrimination, xenophobia and stigma.

Proper Congressional oversight regarding the treatment of children during all administrative and legal processes is essential to protecting children and avoiding abuses. Please join us by contacting your federal legislators to urge them to protect refugee and migrant children.



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