Unaccompanied Minors Immigration Humanitarian Crisis
“In this humanitarian crisis, let us not forget that these immigrant families and children are human beings. They are children of God and must be treated with dignity and respect, care and compassion.” – Sr. Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.
Over 60,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our Nation’s southern border in 2014, compared to approximately 25,000 in the previous 12-month reporting period. Much debate is focused on the legal vs. illegal aspect of these crossings, but non-debatable are the humanitarian needs of these vulnerable children and families.
Researching needs and continued concern:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque facilitates a collaborative community group of concerned citizens, who continue to learn about the needs of these children and families as information becomes available. Together parishes, groups and individuals who are concerned and interested will work towards long-term and short-term solutions to this crisis. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tracy Morrison (Dubuque), Steve Schmitz (Cedar Rapids) or Lori Williams (Ames) at the contacts below.
How can you help?
- Donations to support Archdiocesan efforts may be made online or by mail to:
Border Crisis Relief Fund
Archdiocese of Dubuque
1229 Mt. Loretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003
For Groups/Communities Interested in Providing Hospitality for Immigrant Families:
New Partnership Supports Migrant Children’s Ability to Read
Catholic Charities USA is launching a joint site with First Books as part of its overall response to the humanitarian crisis at the border. Every $2.50 provides a brand-new book for one of these displaced children, helping them feel protected and cared for while they’re far from home. This site creates an easy opportunity for individuals to make a donation to purchase books which will be sent to the agencies most impacted by caring for the families and unaccompanied minors coming across the border. Visit and share to learn more and spread the word!
Additional Information and Resources:
- How to detect and report fraud through USCIS or the American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Informational Posters (Adrian) (Audelina) – available for self-printing and display
- August 18, 2014 Archdiocesan Response to Border Crisis Press Release
- Justice for Our Neighbors Hotline for Immigration Legal Services for Children – English and Español
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network various information documents
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Unaccompanied Children Crisis
- Current Law vs various proposed law changes
- Office of Refugee Resettlement – Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by State
- ACF Unaccompanied Children’s Services Fact Sheet
- General Process Infographic