End the Cycle of Crises for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Children being medically examined at a border facility. Photo courtesy of Vera Institute of Justice
For the past decade, conditions in northern Central America have propelled the migration of vulnerable and often traumatized children to the U.S.


Lucky to Have Me

Road sign in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Krossbow, Creative Commons
One day about two years ago, my older sister came home and said, “Pack a bag. We are leaving the country.’’

Youth Services Insider


Biden Drops Trump Policy on Sponsors for Unaccompanied Minors

In a reversal of Trump administration policy, Biden federal immigration officials will no longer collect information from the Department of Health and Human Services that could lead to the deportation of parents or other possible caregivers who step forward to care for children who cross the border unaccompanied seeking asylum.

Youth Services Insider


Latest Democratic Dream Act Bill Takes Heat from Justice Advocates

Young marchers at one of the thousands of demonstrations in support of legislation to usher in a path to remain in the United States for those who arrived here as children.

Youth Services Insider
President Joe Biden's first proposed budget would put millions toward things like alternatives to youth incarceration.


Biden First-Day Order Likely Means Rollback of Trump Faith-Based Protection

President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Photo courtesy of Facebook
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that is certain to roll back protections cemented in the last days of the Trump administration for faith-based, federally-funded child welfare providers that wish to follow religion in choosing who to work with.

The Trauma of Losing a Family Twice


Pediatricians Group Deems Trump’s Border Policy of Family Separation ‘Torture’

The influential American Academy of Pediatrics has added to growing pressure on the incoming Biden administration to reverse the practice of separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the Mexican border set by President Donald Trump, concurring with other prominent groups that the practice amounted to torture under international standards.


    Unaccompanied Children At Our Border Are Not a Threat; They’re in Danger

    Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols drew a line in the sand. The U.S. government had issued a directive requiring border agents to deport unaccompanied children, arguing that they could be vectors and contributing to the spread of COVID-19.


    Federal Immigration Agency Must Release Children from Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

    Comparing the threat of coronavirus to fire tearing through a house, a federal judge on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release minors who have been held in family detention facilities for more than 20 days by July 17.


    Immigrant Rights Group Issues Guidance on Family Reunification Process Amid Coronavirus

    COVID-19 has complicated the process of reuniting immigrant families with their children when a parent with an ongoing child welfare case is either in ICE custody in the U.S. or has been deported.