June 21, 2018 – Heartland Alliance applauds the U.S. District Court’s order to reunite children with their families within 30 days, and 14 days for children under the age of five.
The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy–which has separated thousands of children from their parents and significantly frustrated reunification efforts, and has detained tens of thousands of individuals seeking safety and asylum in our country–is abhorrent and violates the human rights principles that have defined what Heartland Alliance has worked toward for 130 years.
We are already working to reunite children with their families as per the current ORR guidelines, and we will adjust immediately once any new guidance from the ORR is received. Our top priority continues to be keeping children safe while working as quickly as possible to coordinate the process of reuniting them with their families or sponsors here in the U.S. once that reunification decision is made by ORR.
We will continue to champion the needs of children and their families – as we strongly believe families belong together.
Children and families who arrive at our borders are seeking safety. They are fleeing violence and unrest in their home countries. Heartland Alliance stands with them. And we ask you to stand with us.
As a 130 year-old human rights organization, Heartland Alliance provides safety and services to those who are most vulnerable including refugees, asylees, immigrants, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable populations.
For nearly 30 years, we have been providing safe shelter and care for unaccompanied children who are seeking refuge from violence and persecution in their home countries—including children who have been recently separated from their families at the border.
We operate nine shelters in the Chicagoland area, and our first priority is the safety and welfare of the children in our care. We provide a stable, nurturing environment. Our staff speak the languages of the children in their care. They focus on the children’s well-being and help them to heal from trauma, and work to reunify the children with their families as soon as possible. Keeping the identities of children and details of their circumstances confidential is essential to these efforts.
Heartland Alliance believes that society is better for everyone when all of us can reach our full potential. We have always stood with vulnerable children and families who arrive at our borders. And we remain steadfast in fighting for freedom from violence, persecution and human rights violations globally.
For more information, please contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement ACF Office of Communications at 202.401.9215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.