WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
1 Aug 2014 | Commentary | News

Central American Children Fleeing Violence: Links to Service Providers

Many individuals have contacted WOLA asking what is being done to help respond to the urgent needs of unaccompanied children and families from Central America. To complement WOLA’s targeted advocacy on this issue, we have compiled a list of organizations working to help these children, including social service providers, legal aid resources, and national networks across the United States currently involved in the humanitarian and child protection response.

  • The social services provided by the agencies listed below include: child protection assessments, case management, home studies, family reunification and post-release services, transitional shelters for children and families and specialized foster care. The majority of the organizations listed maintain national networks of affiliate agencies, many of which have additional needs for material donations and volunteers at the local level.
  • The legal aid resources included provide links to local affiliates throughout the United States who give “know your rights” orientations to children and families prior to court appearance, individual legal screenings, Pro Bono assistance, referrals and representation, and coordinated services that link detention facility caseworkers, child welfare practitioners, and immigration authorities on unaccompanied children’s issues.
  • The international organizations providing services in Central America are divided first by topic, and then by location.

Social Service Providers:

Legal Aid Providers:

International Organizations:

Youth Violence Prevention and Youth Employment:

Child Protection/Children’s Services:

Migrant Rights, Protection, and Services:

Poverty Reduction and Rural Development:

Religious communities in the United States have been vocal in expressing support for these children. To read recent statements issued by different religious groups, please click here.