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Kira Monin was an intern with MPI’s Human Services Initiative, where she worked on issues including unaccompanied children, the Central American Minors program, and refugee resettlement. Prior to joining MPI, Ms. Monin interned with Heartland Alliance International in Chicago and Programa Casa Refugiados in Mexico City. She has also worked in nonprofit administration at The Legal Aid Society and Project Renewal in New York City and volunteered at the International Rescue Committee.
Ms. Monin holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she focused on social policy analysis, program evaluation, global development, and trauma-informed care. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in international studies and Latin American and Caribbean studies.
While record monthly arrivals of unaccompanied minors in early 2021 have drawn considerable attention, important questions surround what happens once the children are released from federal custody to parents or other sponsors. This report examines federal post-release services, support needs among children and sponsors, how service providers are meeting these needs, and ways to improve services—to the benefit of the children and the communities in which they live.