COVID-19 poses an impossible dilemma for children and families taking shelter in overcrowded makeshift settlements along migration routes. Without access to health care, clean water and hygiene supplies, an already vulnerable population is even more at risk.
In Mexico, our teams are providing hygiene kits to families as well as essential information on how to stay healthy and protect themselves from coronavirus.
Children’s rights continue to be violated at the border. Vulnerable and terrified, young boys and girls are being held in custody longer than the legal limit, being separated from their families, and more. In the wake of COVID-19, children and families are being denied asylum and other protections due to coronavirus-related border restrictions and policies.
Regardless of border restrictions, asylum seekers have a right to seek international protection and must not be returned, either directly or indirectly, to a country where their lives or safety are at risk.
Through donor support, we are the leading national response agency working in transit shelters focused on the unique needs of children at the U.S. southern border, from California through Texas. Our work features programs to protect children and address their immediate needs, resource support and advocacy.
Save the Children is one of the only international non-governmental organizations responding to this crisis on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, which is critical to addressing migration issues. Our presentence in shelters, from California to Reynosa, Mexico is critically important to the work we do to keep children safe, healthy and learning.
We are also continuing to address the root causes of migration through our work in Central America with longstanding programs primarily focused on children and adolescents in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Thank you for your support to children in our programs.