Children Fleeing Violence in Central America: How Will Our Region Respond?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
9:00am to 11:00am EST
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The Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 800
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Since January, more than 7,000 children fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been placed in the custody of relatives in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. The arrival of these young people has created challenges for public schools and other public and private agencies that serve immigrant families.

Nonprofits throughout the region are struggling to meet increased needs for health and mental health services, legal representation, and other support services. Many of these children experienced violence and trauma in their home countries and during their journey to the border. They need support to adjust to new schools and families, and proper legal representation to ensure that their stories are heard by immigration authorities.

Join us for a breakfast conversation with WAMU’s Armando Trull, whose recent reports from El Salvador highlighted the violent conditions that have triggered this immigration crisis, and hear from staff of La Clinica, Ayuda, and other service providers about its impact on our region.

This event is co-sponsored by the Meyer Foundation.

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