LIRS CEO Testifies to Congress On Behalf of Migrant Children

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LIRS TO CONGRESS: END FAMILY SEPARATION

AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO SAFEGUARD THE WELL-BEING OF UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT CHILDREN

Amid widespread reports of negligence, abuse and deaths of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO of Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS), today addressed the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, calling for immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of unaccompanied migrant children under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Vignarajah unveiled a series of recommendations, including urging Congress to require all large-scale influx shelters, such as the notorious Homestead facility, to adhere to strict, well-established child-welfare standards, including employing appropriate child-welfare professionals who are vetted and licensed.  Watch her testimony below. 

The full list of recommendations is available here. 

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