Global fund for Children
Adolescent migrant girls have often been victims of gender-based violence or exploitation either in their home country, causing them to flee and seek safety or once they have arrived in the US. These young women are especially vulnerable and face incredible obstacles to justice, including language barriers, lack of resources and a complex immigration system.
GFC have witnessed a huge increase in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the US recently. Many of them stay in camps at the border, leaving them exposed to risks of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Immediate needs of these young people include secure housing, legal and trauma support, whilst longer term they require support enrolling into school and receiving health care.
When these needs are not met, the result is an increase in migrant homelessness, uneducated minors and increased victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.
GFC work with 5 partners in the US who run various initiatives to support and empower these young women, giving them a voice, legal representation, and the opportunities to make a positive start to their new life in the US.