The national movement to reunify thousands of refugee children separated from their loved ones.
Make a Difference
Project Reunify is a project of the Center For Human Rights and Constitutional law, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest legal foundation located in California.
Your tax-deductible donations will be used exclusively for Project Reunification as we work to locate the children, reconnect families, and defend the rights of detained children now and in the future.
Detention Center Inspections
The Center For Human Rights and Constitutional Law is the only non-governmental organization in the country authorized (under the Flores settlement) to inspect all U.S. detention facilities holding minors and interview the minors held in those facilities.
Your donations make possible visits to detention centers all over the United States in order to locate detained children, interview them in depth, and share their statements with the United States judge overseeing compliance with the Flores settlement.
After locating them, we will re-establish communication with a parent or relative and insure that they are treated humanely and released promptly in accordance with the terms of the Flores settlement.
Our goal is to send teams of legal and health experts to 60 facilities within the next 60 days.
Through site inspections and data on all detained minors made available to us by the government under the terms of the Flores settlement, we know where almost all detained children are located. The database is available to attorneys representing parents or relatives looking for a child. It is also available to verified consular officials looking for a child. Attorneys or consular officers wishing to access the database should email us at Reunify@CenterForHumanRights.org
In many cases, The U.S. government made no plans to reunite families they separated either before or after deportation. These children are now lost to their deported parents and are being detained for eventual foster care placements.
We are working with information from the U.S. government, foreign governments, media, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to locate these parents both in the U.S. and abroad. After locating them, we will pay for phone calls with their children and help them determine possible next steps.
Re-establishing parental communication is vitally important not just for a child's mental health, but also for the child's ability to exercise her or his rights under the Flores settlement.
Bring Mom Back
Once deported parents are identified, volunteer attorneys will obtain and review their U.S. government files and review all procedures that were followed to effect the mother's deportation. They will be assessed for eligibility for 30-day humanitarian parole in order to lawfully return to the United States to be safely reunited with child.
Donations may be used to cover travel expenses for parents granted permission to return to the United States or, if the parent possesses a valid claim for asylum, for them to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to formally apply for admission as a refugee.