Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Migration Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Bill Ong Hing
Under this recommendation, minors would be interviewed by qualified officers at resettlement agencies in their home countries to assess credible fear, those deemed eligible but lacking an eligible relative would be referred for a private sponsorship pathway. Sponsors would be vetted and qualified using protocols currently in place by the Welcome Corps and Refugee Foster Care. Ideally, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) would coordinate between the private sponsors and overseas resettlement agencies, given they already do the work of vetting eligible sponsors for minors. ORR could create a program staffed with qualified individuals to coordinate this program or provide extensive training on how to properly vet eligible sponsors to ensure the safety and well-being of the minor.
Velasco-Escobar, Magaly, "The Central American Minors Program: Advocating for Private Sponsorship" (2023). Master's Theses. 1501.