Please join Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for an online Catholics Confront Global Poverty discussion:
Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Children
July 29, 2014
12 -1 P.M. EDT
Background: Our country is witnessing the results of a drug war and intensifying gang control: child refugees. The number of unaccompanied children fleeing their home countries has alarmingly increased – numbers arriving to the U.S. have doubled every year since 2011, creating what Pope Francis has described as a “humanitarian emergency.”
Increasing despair has led many families, youth and children to the inevitable conclusion that they have no choice but to flee. They are primarily fleeing violence. They aren’t just coming to the United States; in fact, other Central American countries have experienced a sharp increase in asylum claims in recent years as well.
Join us for:
- A discussion about the Church’s ongoing work to protect and care for these children before, during and after their journeys, and address the root causes of why they are leaving their homes;
- An opportunity to learn how you can take action on this issue now and during the upcoming Congressional Recess from August 4 – September 5, 2014; and,
- A chance to ask questions and engage in dialogue with experts on this issue.
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