In the last two years, more than 11,000 Central American Refugee Youth have arrived in Houston and even more in Los Angeles, all seeking asylum from their native Northern Triangle countries whose rates of homicides and impunity have made them the most violent among the world's country’s not in war.
These Central American Refugee Youth are :
Traumatized and are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety as they find integration into their schools, communities, and families difficult.
Without appropriate coping and conflict resolution skills, and are approaching crisis situations, with more than 60% showing signs of PTSD.
Refugio Network members commit to:
Provide services and support for the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being of the child and his/her family.
Provide support to children and families without any financial obligation or participation in any religious activity.
Serve immigrant children and their families with respect, dignity, and love
Protect the safety and well-being of the children and families they serve
Engage in ongoing training to better serve immigrant children and families