There are around 700 families nationwide that will receive family reunification support services. RST is stepping in to this crisis to help. The agency has worked to help unaccompanied children and survivors of trafficking for many years. These programs have seen a dramatic increase in need over the past few months.
Refugee Services of Texas is one partner who will provide comprehensive case management services to families reunited after being separated at the border. We've received an influx already of reunified families (including 22 referrals yesterday) in our Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices.
-Russell Smith, LMSW, CEO of Refugee Services of Texas
Learn more about RST's Unaccompanied Children's Program
An Unaccompanied Child (UC) is defined as a child under 18 years of age who has no immigration status and has been separated from their biological parent. While there are UCs from all over the world, children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have arrived at the Texas border with Mexico in record numbers in recent years. By law, the United States Health and Human Services department must provide for the custody and care of these children unless a sponsor can be found while they go through the immigration process. Less than 10% of UCs receives post release services.