Keep Children Safe at the Border
Children’s rights continue to be violated at the U.S. – Mexico border. Children are being held in custody longer than the legal limit, separated from their families, denied basic care and more.
Every child has a right to safety and protection.
What We’re Doing
Through a combination of government relations, communications and grassroots activism, we build relationships policymakers and mobilize the public to protect children’s rights at the border and address the root causes of migration in Central America.
We empower our grassroots network of hundreds of thousands of supporters to raise their voices and lobby their lawmakers to invest in kids. By joining together, we become a force that turns advocacy into policy wins.
Ending the Dangerous “Remain in Mexico” Policy
Save the Children Action Network joined a coalition of organizations in calling on the administration to fully end the Migration Protection Protocols and allow people — especially children — seeking refugee protection to find safety in the United States.
Priorities for the New Administration
SCAN believes the Biden administration must quickly outline its commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of immigrant children. Learn more about our recommendations for immediate actions to help children.
Unaccompanied children in government custody of Office of Refugee Resettlement should not be put in danger. Urge the President Biden and Vice President Harris take measures to remedy the dangers experienced by children including COVID-19 outbreaks and sexual abuse by staff.
The Biden administration continues to implement a policy of immediately expelling people seeking safety at our border. Urge the President and Congress to put an end to these expulsions and prioritize the safety of children!
Children arriving in the U.S. have high hopes for their futures.
We can help make that a reality.
The documentary PAPER CHILDREN shares the intimate reality of four siblings who fled gang violence in Honduras and now face the daunting U.S. asylum process.
Below are a few clips from the film that highlight the unique challenges children are facing during the journey to asylum.
To expand the videos, start the video and then choose “full screen” on the bottom right of the video.
In this clip, China explains how difficult it was to be away from her mother, and her mother explains why she had to leave.
In this clip, Jan talks about the horrors he saw in Honduras, and the lasting impact it’s had on him.
In this clip, Jan talks about his journey to the U.S., including the most difficult part — his stay in the detention center.
Now that we welcome the Biden administration into office, there’s hope for brighter future for asylum-seeking families and children! Here’s a breakdown of what all of the new proposed legislation and executive orders mean for migrant children.
Throughout 2021, SCAN will work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to ensure they provide crucial investment to struggling families. Only then can we, as a nation, build back better.
Going into a New Year, we’ll need all the support we can get from advocates and supporters like you. Hear from SCAN supporters how and why they lifted their voices for kids in 2020!