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How Funders Can Help Protect the Rights of Vulnerable Children from Central America

Since October 2013, approximately 60,000 unaccompanied minors from all across Central America and Mexico have arrived at the United States’ southern border. Ninety-five percent have come from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, leaving home to escape extreme violence, drugs, and poverty in hopes of discovering greater security and economic opportunity north of the US border. Their arrival has become a crisis that demands immediate response from the philanthropic community. But this crisis is rooted in deep-seated structural challenges that severely affect Central American communities and economies, including corrupt law enforcement, ineffective justice systems, pervasive gang violence, and trade in narcotics to both Mexico and the United States. Given the number of factors contributing to the crisis, the diversity of issues, and the tension-filled political environment, it’s hard to know where to begin. Below, we outline some critical ways funders can respond in both the short- and long-term to protect and enhance the rights of the young victims of this humanitarian crisis. Continue reading >

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