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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.
El gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha relanzado el Programa de Menores Centroamericanos, que fue creado para ofrecer a ciertos niños que viven en condiciones peligrosas en El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras una forma segura y legal de reunirse con sus padres en los Estados Unidos. Este informe identifica las lecciones aprendidas de la versión anterior del programa y hace recomendaciones sobre cómo fortalecerlo en el futuro.
The U.S. government has relaunched the Central American Minors (CAM) Program, which was created to offer certain children living in dangerous conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras a safe, legal way to join their parents in the United States. This report identifies shortcomings in the earlier version of the program, examines the new one, and makes recommendations for how to strengthen it going forward.
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.