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Senate Testimony: Ensuring the Safety and Well-being of Unaccompanied Children

June 16, 2023 (1 min read)

WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY Lorie Davidson, Vice President for Children and Family Services, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
For a Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on “Ensuring the Safety and Well-being of UCs”
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 10am

"...While considerable progress to safeguard UC has been made through legislation, we must continually improve family reunification practices so that incidents of trafficking or other harm are more readily prevented, identified, or mitigated. This testimony will focus on the following information: 1) the unique vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children, 2) LIRS’s experience serving this population, 3) a look at current protection provisions, 4) a review of ORR policy and practices, and 5) LIRS’s recommendations for ensuring the safety and well-being of UC."