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Caritas and Child Migration

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A child moving away from home alone to find work or to escape conflict is not a new phenomenon. But the number of lone child migrants and the complex threats they face are increasing. Caritas is worried on their behalf. They are in great danger, in many cases facing intense psychological pressure to succeed and to provide for their families back home.

Child migrants must navigate an unfamiliar country, language, and culture by themselves. Often they do now know their rights or the true extent of the risk of abduction and abuse which they face. They can be exploited, underpaid and underfed and rarely have a chance to go to school or to play. Organized criminal gangs can menace their lives, and those of their families back home.

Caritas organisations work to make sure these children can get help. They offer safe places to stay, with medical assistance and learning opportunities. They try to reunite children with their families.

Caritas also advocates and campaigns on behalf of child migrants – calling on governments not to detain them as illegal aliens in prison-like conditions intended for the adults they are not. Caritas insists they are treated as children under the law.

Caritas updates on Child Migration

  • How young migrants fall into the hands of traffickers

How young migrants fall into the hands of traffickers

  • 4 February 2017
Jimmy Lopez, 24, was trafficked after he left his family in Honduras to go to the United States. His story reminds us of the vulnerability of child migrants to human trafficking, and the need to protect them and their rights.

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ChildMigrantCaritas asks to governments to protect the rights of child migrants.

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Prayer for migrant children

Loving Father,
in your infinite compassion,
we seek your divine protection for refugee children who
are often alone and afraid.
Provide solace to those who have been witnesses to
violence and destruction,
who have lost parents, family, friends, home, and all they
cherish due to war or persecution.
Comfort them in their sorrow, and bring help in their time
of need.
For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.
© 2009 USCCB, Washington D.C.