Children Should Not Be Forced to Choose Between Their Home and Their Safety

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Campaign launched 21st of July, 2014


The number of unaccompanied children attempting to flee violence in their hometowns by entering the United States is on the rise.These children are refugees. This crisis must be acted upon not just at the U.S. border, but also in the countries where these children are from.

This year, more than 60,000 unaccompanied children are expected to enter the United States from Central America, and that number is expected to double in 2015. These numbers will only continue to rise unless country governments strengthen their child protection systems.

The extreme levels of violence children endure in their own country is unimaginable.
More and more children are desperately seeking protection as security situations continue to deteriorate in their communities and they experience violence within the very institutions charged with their well-being. In addition to violent environments, unaccompanied child migration is influenced by complex economic and social factors, such as limited opportunities, employment for parents, and family separation due to immigration are regional trends that pull children to migrate to the U.S.

The only way to stop these children from running to the U.S. is to address the root causes and establish effective child protection systems.

Please sign our petition to governments in Central America and the United States to protect children from violence.

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