Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Documentation and Benefit Eligibility for Ukrainians

June 8, 2022

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the number of Ukrainians seeking safety in the United States has rapidly risen. This fact sheet outlines the three main legal pathways and their corresponding benefit eligibility, that Ukrainians are utilizing in the United States. These include 1) Temporary Protected Status (TPS); 2) Humanitarian Parole and the Uniting for Ukraine Program; and 3) the Lautenberg Program.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Strategic Communications for Unaccompanied Children: Principles and Strategies

April 1, 2022

The past five years have seen numerous communications challenges for unaccompanied children's providers and advocates, along with substantial threats to the well-being of unaccompanied children (UC) themselves. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, shelters were targeted as sites of protest during the height of the Family Separation policy. More recently, 2021 and into 2022 have seen attacks on UC care providers from state governors who want to end the care of unaccompanied children in their states.This brief provides two key principles for strategic communications around the UC system, and five communications strategies for putting those principles into practice. Advocates and shelter care providers know the importance of providing care for unaccompanied children. To continue to provide that care, the program needs support from Congress, the Administration, members of the public, and state government officials. It is in the children's best interest to be able to effectively communicate and advocate on their behalf.


Falling Short on Follow-Through: Assessing and Alleviating Implementation Gaps in U.S. Trafficking Policy for Foreign National Child and Youth Trafficking Survivors

January 31, 2022

This policy paper identifies four areas where policy does not reach child trafficking survivors, and provides recommendations on how the U.S. government can amend policies and practices to ensure it does not fall short on protecting foreign national child survivors of human trafficking.


Policy and Advocacy Report: Volume 5, Issue No.3

December 6, 2021

Volume 5, Issue 3 of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' series of Policy and Advocacy Reports. This report focuses on how family separation harmed children and families and also provides updates on other U.S. and international migration issues.

USCRI Backgrounder: Case Management for Unaccompanied Children

October 1, 2021

This USCRI Backgrounder outlines the roles, responsibilities, and challenges of case management within the shelter network for unaccompanied children (UCs) coordinated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Reunification with a family is the primary goal. The primary tasks of case managers are (1) to establish contact with the child's parent(s) and to identify a potential sponsor; (2) to confirm that the potential sponsor offers a safe and stable home for the child, and that the home will remain safe and stable; and (3) to submit documentation, primarily the Family Reunification Packet, that corroborates that the placement is suitable, and is used by ORR to evaluate and approve the placement.