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Advance Copy of HHS Grant Awards: Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of three urgent single-source grants from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program to KidsPeace in Bethlehem, PA, St. Peter and Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX, and Seton Home in San Antonio, TX." - FR Doc...

Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) funds and administers resettlement programs for refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, foreign victims of severe forms of human trafficking, Lawful Permanent Residents who have held one of those statuses, Amerasians, and Iraqi and Afghan Special...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More arrests just mean more problems," a Homeland...

Advance Copy of ORR Notice Providing $9M for Direct Legal Representation of UACs

Susan Carroll at the Houston Chronicle reports that this Notice [emphasis added] will appear soon in the Federal Register: 4184-45-P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families CFDA Number: 93.676 Announcement of the Award of Two Single-Source Program...

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his mother said she has received no official word of his...

Advance Copy of ORR Announcement: Money for Direct Legal Representation for UACs

"The Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program ensures the appropriate placement of all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) UAC referrals within specified timeframes and requires that a range of custodial/residential shelter care and services are provided to the minor detainees and, in certain...

ORR Grant Announcement: Legal Services to Refugees Under the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program

"HHS is proposing a $9 million direct legal representation project that will provide representation to 2,600 unaccompanied children throughout their immigration proceedings. In order to implement this Departmental priority, ORR is awarding supplemental funds totaling $4,261,268 in FY 2014 to provide...

ORR Social Worker at Jail for Refugee Kids: "I Wanted No Part of It Any Longer"

"It was the summer of 2014 when I finally realized what I was being asked to do: incarcerate children. I was 22, new to social work, and working in Seattle at a 20-bed facility that houses 12- to 17-year-old immigrant youths. It’s funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. ... I...

In-Country Refugee / Parole Processing for CAM (Central American Minors); ORR Benefits, Services

In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors – CAM) "The Department of State is pleased to announce a new in-country refugee and parole program for certain qualified minors in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The program...

ORR to States: You Must Assist Syrian Refugees

ORR Dear Colleague Letter 16-02, Nov. 25, 2015 - "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion. States may not deny ORR-funded benefits and services to refugees based on a refugee’s...

Contract Dispute Over Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors May Clog Dockets

Ryan Grim, Jan. 18, 2015 - "Thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border as part of the migrant crisis are at risk of being deported without due process, the archbishop of Miami has warned the Obama administration. Although the law dictates that these children must be given...

Habeas Victory Against ORR: Beltrán v. Cardall

Beltrán v. Cardall, Case 1:15-cv-00745-JCC-JFA, E.D. Va., Alexandria Div., Nov. 22, 2016 - "In December of 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained RMB – a minor – and designated him an “unaccompanied alien child.” RMB was subsequently transferred to...

Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to allow children whom it refuses to release bond redetermination...