A Call To Strengthen LSS/NCA URM Program Following Southern Border Crisis
The latest immigration crisis on our southern border is a visual illustration of the millions of families’ worldwide fleeing violence and persecution, dreaming of a better future for their children. I am sure you have heard the recent recordings of children crying for their mothers or pleading with officers to call their U.S. guardians. Although many are working to reunify these children with loved ones, there are still hundreds of refugee youth who have no parents or caretakers. They need and deserve love, guidance, and new homes.
The LSS/NCA Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program is one of few in our nation and the only one in our community that is providing these youth with stability and family after losing everything in their search for safety. We are requesting your help to strengthen and expand this program. If you are able and willing, we encourage you to contact Mayor Bowser’s DC office and advocate for additional URM placements in our community. If the Mayor’s office expands the URM program within their foster care system, LSS/NCA would be able to open homes to more children around the world who are currently waiting in refugee camps and border processing centers. In the last month we have received almost 200 inquiries from individuals who want to help care for one of these children.
We are at a crucial moment in history where we can allow fear and intolerance to stifle our ability to serve others, or we can encourage compassion and open our arms to those who have been tossed aside. Thank you for walking with our families during a time when hate has become common place; thank you for standing with us in the face of adversity; and thank you for choosing to act when the status quo is easier to accept.
CONTACT THE MAYOR:
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Phone: (202) 727-2643
Christine P. Connell
Chief Executive Officer