U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund

by Save the Children Federation
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U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
U.S. Border Crisis Children's Relief Fund
A child shows us his recent journey on a globe.
A child shows us his recent journey on a globe.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Save the Children has maintained an ongoing response to the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis since 2019, reaching more than 200,000 migrants in 2021 alone

Save the Children's current work at the U.S.-Mexico Border features programs to protect children and to address their immediate needs through advocacy, resource support and access to child protection and psychosocial programs. Because of your support, we are able to promote and execute essential programming to keep children safe and cared for, both physically and psychologically.

We provide hygiene kits, wipes, diapers, books, clothes and backpacks filled with essentials – including stuffed toys to comfort children dealing with this often-frightening new reality. We also provide funding and training to support Children’s Coordinators at the busiest shelters to ensure children’s protection needs are met. Additionally, we lead the collaboration and coordination of programs, resources and technical knowledge with partner agencies, other NGOs and government agencies to ensure border communities are well equipped to serve children and families.

Thanks to your support, we have continued our work for children both in the U.S. and in Mexico, delivering services directly and working with local partners, including transit shelters and community organizations.

As of October 2021:

- We are providing immediate humanitarian support to children and families arriving in all four southern border states (California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico) through a network of 38 shelter and social service partners in the U.S. and 10+ facilities in Mexico.

- We continue to lead the U.S. Mexico Border Alliance working group that engages 400+ national, regional, state and local actors – connecting resources to need.

- Because local partnerships are essential to this work, we continue to call on our knowledge and experience to strengthen the child protection capacity of communities and shelters on both sides of the border.

- In the U.S., we currently fund 14 dedicated Children’s Coordinators in locations across all four Border States. 

With your support, we will continue to help young girls and boys caught up in this ongoing crises – children whose families are fleeing violence and poverty and undertaking dangerous journeys to give them a better life. 

A child plays in an Arizona transit shelter.
A child plays in an Arizona transit shelter.
Migrant children dance at a Texas transit shelter
Migrant children dance at a Texas transit shelter

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Irene* in a shelter on the Mexican border
Irene* in a shelter on the Mexican border

All children deserve to be protected from harm. The health of our children is only possible when each and every one is protected. And yet, far too many children and families have had their rights violated while seeking asylum in the United States. 

Families and unaccompanied children crossing the border must be protected and processed safely in the United States. Being forced to remain in camps and shelters in Mexico puts already vulnerable families at even greater risk.

As children’s rights continue to be violated at the border, Save the Children cannot and will not remain silent.

Influx facilities used to house migrant children upon their arrival to the U.S. are no places for a child. Some facilities that hold unaccompanied children are overcrowded and may lack access to adequate hygiene, legal and health services, putting children at risk of harm.

Save the Children is helping meet the urgent needs of children and families by providing cash and critical supplies to a network of more than 35 shelters and social service agencies, and we are advocating for children’s rights, humane treatment and care.  

Save the Children does not choose sides – we choose children and will always work to uphold and protect their rights in any crisis or circumstance.

Thank you for your support that is making our work at the border possible. 

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A boy participating in child-friendly activities
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Marta* and her children
Marta* and her children

Marta* is a migrant mother from Honduras. She left her country with her three young children because of gender violence. The physical attacks that she and her children suffered from her partner were of such magnitude that they feared for their lives.

Marta* denounced her partner and he was arrested. However, the same day he was arrested the authorities released him. With her ex-partner free, Marta* left for the United States. In the United States, she was returned to Mexico, where she has been waiting for her immigration process for 15 months.

Thousands of children making the dangerous journey to the United States are being held in Mexican shelters that are rapidly filling up, with some lacking basic necessities.

Since 2018 Save the Children in Mexico has had a humanitarian response to support migrant children and their families. Currently they opperate 26 Child Friendly Spaces where a team of specialists provides psychological first aid, emergency education, provision of fresh and nutritious food, identification and referral of cases to families with protection needs, as well as personal hygiene, menstrual and cleaning kits.

*Name changed for protection 

Save the Children staff supporting the response
Save the Children staff supporting the response
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Save the Children Border program locations
Save the Children Border program locations

Texas Winter Storm Crisis:

After frigid temperatures and winter weather battered Texas, millions of children and families along the U.S. Southern Border are in need of urgent assistance.

For newly arrived families living in transit shelters, the situation is life-threatening. Shelters have limited or no power. Some are without water. Hundreds of families, many with young children, are struggling to keep warm and stay healthy.

The historic winter storm has forced more than 4 million people in Texas to go without power, including child care centers and schools

Save the Children is right now working in partnership with shelters to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable families. We are also helping storm-damaged child care and early learning centers recover.

How have children and families been impacted by the winter weather crisis in Texas?

The historic winter storm has forced more than 4 million people in Texas to go without power, causing millions to go without heat, sometimes for several days. The severe winter weather also caused water pipes to freeze and burst across the state, disrupting water service for millions. 

How has the winter storm affected children and families living in transit shelters along the U.S. Southern Border?

“Children in these shelters have already faced arduous journeys to seek asylum and safety, and are now experiencing unprecedented winter conditions that have left them without basic necessities, such as heat and water,” said Jeanne-Aimée De Marrais, Save the Children’s senior director for U.S. emergencies. 

Warm clothing, hygiene supplies and protective supplies needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are desperately needed to protect vulnerable children and families. 

How has the winter storm affected child care centers and schools across Texas?

The harsh winter conditions have damaged child care centers and schools statewide. Many are without power or water, or both.

“In times of emergency, children can begin to cope when they are able to interact with their peers and resume a normal routine," said De Marrais. “That is why it is so important to get these children back into child care or remote learning as safely and as soon as possible. It is essential for them to stay engaged and focused on learning during this stressful time.”

How is Save the Children helping children and families living in transit shelters along the U.S. Southern Border impacted by the winter weather crisis in Texas?

Along the U.S. Southern Border, Save the Children has been supporting more than 40 shelter partners, reaching more than 135,000 children and adults. 

Many of the shelters we support have been impacted by the storm. Our teams are working to deliver critical supplies to migrant shelters across the southern Texas border, from Del Rio to Brownsville, to ensure families have the essentials they need to care for their children.

How is Save the Children helping child care centers impacted by the winter weather crisis in Texas?

With classrooms and child care centers badly damaged due to broken pipes and damaged infrastructure, Save the Children is also focused on child care recovery.

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Family separation is a cruel and inhumane policy.

The cruel act of separation can cause severe negative social and emotional consequences for the children and their families in the days, months and years ahead. Our global evidence shows that children living in institutions away from their families are highly vulnerable to emotional, physical and psychological abuse, which can lead to lasting developmental problems, injuries and trauma.

 In response to recent news reports of court-appointed lawyers being unable to find the parents of 545 children who were separated at the U.S. southern border under a 2017 pilot program, Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) have urged the administration, in the strongest terms possible, to fix this man-made crisis and stop putting children at risk.

Children should not have to experience the trauma that comes from daily threats, a terrifying journey, forcefully being removed from their parents, facing danger at the border or being held indefinitely by the U.S. government.

 “Children arriving at the U.S. southern border are escaping extreme violence, poverty and unrest, and our government has a responsibility to treat them humanely and with dignity,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy. “We are working to make sure children’s rights are realized, protected and upheld, and they are healthy and safe.”

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Save the Children is continuing our support to girls and boys caught up in the Border Crisis, delivering much-needed aid to those whose already dangerous situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

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