The children left behind: Dad's deportation lands son in foster care
(Deseret News, 2011)
Disappearing Parents: A Report on Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System
(Southwest Institute for Research on Women and the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program, 2011)
(Huffington Post, 2012)
Migration: Too Many Migrant Children Locked Up
(IRIN News, 2012)
It's Time for a New Approach in Handling Immigrant Children
(by Jessica Jones, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Detention and Asylum Program, 2012)
On¬†July 21,¬†2011, The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (S.1399/H.R. 2607)¬†was introduced in the both the U.S. Senate and the House.
The bill would ensure that parents and guardians apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or its surrogates, are identified in a timely manner and provided the opportunity to make care arrangements for their minor children upon apprehension. The bill would prevent prolonged parent-child separation or the unnecessary loss of parental rights by ensuring that parents and guardians are able to regularly communicate with their children, the child welfare system and family courts. The legislation would minimize hardship on children and save taxpayers millions of dollars by reducing the likelihood that children will be placed unnecessarily into the foster care system.
The Women's Refugee Commission was established in 1989 to address the particular needs of refugee and displaced women and children.
The Women's Refugee Commission is affiliated with and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and does not receive direct financial support from the IRC.