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Unaccompanied migrant youth are one of the most defenseless populations in the New York Metropolitan Area. Despite New York’s vibrant history of immigrants and its leadership to make progress in addressing the needs of these populations, many challenges still exist. Migrant youth flee their home countries due to dangerous situations such as violence, domestic abuse, and exploitation. Youth seek safety in the United States; however, they often face many hardships once they enter the U.S. and try to adapt to life in the country. Although many changes to immigration policy have occurred since the initial research for this report, the key findings and recommendations remain crucial to providing assistance to this highly vulnerable population.
April 13, 2018
A new report released by the Department of Education as part of the Student Safety Act shows that, after years of movement, progress to end school pushout in New York City has stalled. Data from July to December 2017, when compared to the same time period in 2016, indicates an increase of 20.9% in total suspensions – rising from 12,000 to 14,502.
April 2, 2018
A partnership between the Children's Defense Fund- NY, the Schuyler Center, the Citizens’ Committee for Children, The Children’s Agenda, and Westchester Children’s Association to alert policymakers to the Executive Budget’s cumulative impacts on New York State’s children.
February 28, 2018
Como organizaciones de fe entendemos el valor y significado histórico de proveer santuario en nuestra congregación a los pobres y desamparados. Este es un concepto antiguo que trasciende fronteras y religiones juntando comunidades para celebrar y proteger la santidad de vida. Nuestros valores de amor y compasión para nuestros vecinos, sean quien sea, es lo que fortalece nuestro compromiso social de paz, justicia, y prosperidad.
February 14, 2018
CDF-NEW YORK’S BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES aim to optimize prior investments in New York’s children and take bold new steps toward ensuring a fair and successful passage to adulthood.
February 14, 2018
Some of the most at-risk children in NYC are children who have been displaced from their homes or families due to homelessness or resettlement as unaccompanied immigrant children. While homeless and unaccompanied immigrant children have been displaced from their homes or families for different reasons, both groups of children often have remarkably similar experiences and needs. For example, studies have consistently found that homeless and immigrant children have greater health needs and poorer health outcomes than their peers. Addressing the health needs of displaced children will improve their health outcomes and likelihood of success in school and life. A review of current research and NYC school administrator survey responses collected by the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDFNY) identified gaps in key services that benefit displaced children.
February 5, 2018
Over the last year, the Trump administration has focused on limiting immigrants and the migration of people to the U.S. This has led to increased attention on immigration policies such as Temporary Protected Status. The future of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) designation for Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua is now at stake, as these countries will phase out of their status within the next two years.
December 20, 2017
Congress has taken enormous steps towards ensuring that college is less affordable and more out of reach for students across the country. As Congress showers corporations and the very wealthy with huge tax cuts, they pay for these tax cuts with provisions that take money from students and families and cause great harm.
December 11, 2017
The congressional tax cuts proposed to disproportionately help corporations and the wealthiest would inevitably have to be paid for through budget cuts to important programs – like SNAP – for children and the most vulnerable. The impact is significant for poor families in New York who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
November 28, 2017
Our shared faith-driven values of love and compassion for our neighbors, whomever they may be, is what strengthens our commitment to social peace, justice, and prosperity. If you are interested, here are some ways in which you can help out:
November 1, 2017
The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durban (D-IL) that provides a pathway towards citizenship to undocumented youth. The bill acts to protect current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), those with Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) and undocumented youth that fall under the criteria of the Dream Act .
October 18, 2017
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September 19, 2017
CHIP is a federal-state partnership that provides funding for states to provide health coverage for uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid. In New York, CHIP funds a health insurance program called Child Health Plus. CHIP funding is set to expire on September 30, 2017.
September 15, 2017
On the last day of its current term, the Supreme Court allowed portions of the Executive Order 13780 “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” also known as the travel ban, initially issued on March 6th. Many have outlined the repercussions of such a ban and highlighted the moral consequences of condoning religious discrimination (as the majority of the countries targeted are predominately Muslim) against innocent minorities. Nonetheless, scarce attention has been given to the high stakes refugee children face with the implementation of the travel ban. Considering that 51% of the world’s refugee population are children under the age of 18, policymakers must make the protection and well-being of children a priority in their resolutions.
September 5, 2017
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September 5, 2017
With the NYC Department of Education’s newest Discipline Code, released today, the city has taken great steps to restrict the use of suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade. We commend these restrictions as well as the revisions made to the Code that introduce opportunities for early reinstatement and reduce the availability of the expulsion option. At the same time, CDF-NY calls on the DOE and the City of New York to ensure the accessibility of disciplinary alternatives. Restorative justice in particular, mentioned in the Code’s range of possible interventions, remains limited to too few schools and districts across the school system.
April 19, 2017
CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, speaking to the need to restore and expand funding for the Council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million in FY2018.
March 30, 2017
CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, with an urgency to restore and expand funding for the council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million.
March 21, 2017