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Helping Children Return Safely to Guatemala
While many unaccompanied children have viable claims for U.S. protection, KIND recognizes that a number of others do not, and that they must return to their home countries. Unfortunately, no formal system exists for these children to ensure that they return safely and to address the conditions that caused them to make the dangerous journey to the United States alone. These conditions often remain unchanged upon the child’s return.
KIND has partnered with The Global Fund for Children (GFC) to address this vital gap through a pilot project, the Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project (GCRRP)—one of the first projects of its kind. The GCRRP works to ensure a safe return for unaccompanied children and provide support upon their arrival to Guatemala to access vital services. About 20 percent of the more than 8,000 unaccompanied children who come to the United States each year are from Guatemala.
KIND and The Global Fund will take the best practices learned from this project and advocate to create additional projects in the region.