Take Action to Protect Children in Northern Central America

On 31 August 2018 in Villanueva, Honduras, Josseline Rodriguez (left), 17, and Darwin Martinez, 16, sit in the classroom that they shared with their friend Henry. Henry committed suicide in September of 2016.
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July 15, 2019 - UPDATE: In a rare display of bipartisan unity, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote H.R. 2615, the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act. UNICEF USA appreciates the leadership of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) for introducing this measure and moving it quickly through the House legislative process.

You helped make this happen by sharing your support for H.R. 2615! Our job is not done, though. Now that the House has acted, we will turn our attention to the Senate to make sure it passes this legislation. Stay tuned for our next advocacy action on this important legislation when it gets to the Senate!

Children around the world have a right to live full and productive lives, regardless of where they are born. That is why UNICEF is committed to helping the most vulnerable populations who are on the move from Northern Central America, as well as to work inside those countries to address violence and poverty that force families to migrate.

Bipartisan legislation, the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act (H.R. 2615), would help address the root causes of migration that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The bill authorizes $577 million in foreign assistance to Central America to address the root causes of migration in Fiscal Year 2020.  These funds would help promote economic growth and development, improve democratic institutions and security conditions, combat corruption in the region, and enhance engagement with the Mexican Government on migration.

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