Wednesday, March 23, 2011

4 Year-Old U.S. Citizen Deported to Guatemala

"Federal Officials Send 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Back To Guatemala"
Elise Foley

"A 4-year-old girl born in New York was detained by immigration officials and then sent back to Guatemala, separating her from her parents, after she and her grandfather were stopped by customs officials earlier this month...

[S]he, like many other children of undocumented immigrants, became caught in a web of complications for families with mixed legal statuses. On her way home from a trip to Guatemala with her grandfather on March 11, Emily was detained in Dulles International Airport when authorities stopped her grandfather on an illegal entry charge from more than a decade ago.

Authorities took her grandfather, a non-citizen on a valid work visa that allowed him to travel, into custody. But the young girl was detained in the airport, then sent back to Guatemala with her grandfather, citizenship notwithstanding."

Read the complete article:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Available Relief Measures for Qualified Japanese Nationals in the U.S.

"USCIS Reminds Japanese Nationals Impacted by Recent Disaster of Available Immigration Benefits"
March 17, 2011

"In light of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Japanese nationals of certain U.S. immigration benefits available upon request.

USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status."  The news release provides a list of temporary relief measures available to qualified Japanese nationals.  Read the complete news release:

Fighting Child Hunger in the U.S.

"ConAgra And Feeding America Team Up To Combat U.S. Child Hunger"

"Up to one in four children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night...

According to 2008 and 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, 17.2 million children in the U.S. live in food insecure households -- households that are "uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food."

ConAgra is working to change that. A food giant that began its crusade to end child hunger over two decades ago, ConAgra fights child hunger and malnutrition through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform. In its largest campaign to date, ConAgra has partnered with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity.

In a 30-minute television special titled "Child Hunger Ends Here," that aired on March 19, The Today Show's Al Roker took a look at the growing problem...

ConAgra has pledged to donate one meal for each code from specially marked ConAgra brands that is entered on the campaign website through August (up to 2.5 million meals)...

The New York Times reports that ConAgra is also incorporating social media, bloggers, paid advertising and a mobile campaign to advance their mission and provide consumers with suggestions on how to help. It has also added a service component -- 25,000 ConAgra employees can select a day in April to volunteer to work against child hunger.

Contributions to Feeding America can be made by texting "FEEDKIDS" to 50555 -- that sends a $10 donation directly to the organization. Each $10 donation helps provide 70 meals to children."

Read the complete article:

My Name Is Child of God...Not "Those People": A First Person Look at PovertyChild Poverty and Inequality: Securing a Better Future for America's ChildrenChildren on the Streets of the Americas

Afghan Activist and Author Denied Visa to U.S. for Her Own Book Tour

"Afghan Women's Rights Activist Malalai Joya Denied Visa For US Book Tour"


"US Government denied entry visa to Afghan women's rights activist and author Malalai Joya for her book tour for "Women Among Warlords."
Joya was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. She has been called Afghanistan's Aung San Suu Kyi and was elected to Afghanistan's parliament at 27 in 2005."

Read the complete article:

 A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her VoiceA Woman Among Warlords

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ethiopia to Reduce Number of Adoptions it Processes

As of March 10, 2011, the government of Ethiopia has decreased the number of adoption cases it will process in a day to a maximum of 5 cases.  The U.S. Embassy anticipates significant delays.  Read the adoption alert: 

Finding Aster: Our Ethiopian Adoption StoryThe Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your ChildInternational Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of ChildrenYafi's Family: an Ethiopian boy's journey of love, loss and adoption

Parents Sue on Behalf of Child for Service Dog in School

"School Bars Disabled Boy's Service Dog"

"Parents of a developmentally disabled 4-year-old sued the school board for prohibiting their son from taking his service dog to school with him. Chatham, a retriever-poodle mix, helps the boy deal with self-injuring behavior and hyperactivity.
On behalf of their son, A.S., Parents Leonel and Jennifer S sued the Catawba County Board of Education for violating the Rehabilitation Act section of the Americans with Disabilities Act...

The parents seek an injunction, costs and damages "for service animal training costs incurred to restore and maintain the service animal's training during the period of separation, including the cost to retrain and prepare the service animal to work in the classroom."
The family is represented by John Rittelmeyer with Disability Rights North Carolina, of Raleigh."


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.S. Travel Warning for Bahrain

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Bahrain.  There has been ongoing poltical turmoil in the country since the end of February.  Read the Travel Warning:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

U.S. Travel Alert Issued for Japan

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert urging U.S. citizens not to travel to Japan in light of the earthquakes and tsunami that has occured.  They are also urging any U.S. citizens in Japan to contact friends and family in the U.S. if possible.

Read the full Alert: 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"60 Minutes" Episode on Homeless and Needy Children

Last week the CBS program, "60 Minutes," ran a fascinating story on children in Seminole County Schools that are involved with a Seminole County Schools' Families in Transition program.  Families in Transition helps children whose families are struggling to make ends meet in this economy, or that are homeless.  What made the story so unique was that it provided accounts from the mouths of children on what it was like to go to bed hungry, what it was like to go home but not be able to open the door because the house had been foreclosed, their feelings of guilt for their families' situations, and many other heartbreaking persepectives.  As a result of that story, Families in Transition has received support in its efforts to help these families.  If you know of a familiy in need in your community, look for ways to help.

Read the article on that episode: 

Advisory for Japanese and Foreign Nationals from the Pacific Affected by the Earthquakes and Tsunami

"Special Update as of March 11: Relief for Japanese and Other Nationals from the Pacific Stranded due to the Earthquakes and Tsunami"

"This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation. If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S. you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart."

Read the complete announcement:

Passport Day Coming April 9th

The Passport in America : The History of a DocumentOn Saturday April 9, 2011, passport agencies and other related passport service providers will be open to accomodate those seeking passport-related services.  Information about forms, etc. can be viewed on the U.S. Department of State website.

Read the announcement: