The summer of 2014 saw a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States. More than 52,000 arrived, with the majority from Central America’s northern triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The crisis, deemed a humanitarian emergency, is rooted in decades of poverty, failed government policies, broken families, lack of protection for children, and violence that has plagued the region.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been responding in cooperation with mid-councils and congregations along the border, the Office of the General Assembly's Office of Immigration Issues, the Office of Public Witness and our ecumenical and interfaith partners who have experience working with refugees and immigrants.
Please pray that the grace and love of Christ will cover the frightened children being held in detention facilities or makeshift holding centers, that they will be treated with dignity and respect, and that their safety and protection be ensured.