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New clothes are a new beginning for unaccompanied children

child shopping sqMost kids know exactly what they want when given the chance to buy new clothes. They head straight for the latest styles, their favorite colors, and find just the right looks for school and play. Recently, several therapists and case managers from Amanecer took five children shopping for new clothes for the very first time in their lives.

The children, three from Honduras and two from El Salvador, are in the United States to escape the violence in their home countries, which are currently considered to be some of the most dangerous places in the world. Just a few months ago, these children were afraid to step outside of their homes. The gang warfare in Central America has paralyzed normal living. Murder, extortion, kidnapping, rape, and torture are everyday occurrences in what were once peaceful neighborhoods in which these children lived.

The shopping trip was to purchase clothing for their appearance before an immigration judge to request asylum or special immigrant status. The children traveled alone across Mexico until they entered the United States. Now classified as Unaccompanied Children of Central America, they are staying with relatives or appointed guardians while their immigration status is determined.

Amanecer’s therapists helped the children prepare to tell their stories before the judge. The process is a traumatic one, as they recount the horrors experienced during their grueling journey to the U.S. border.

World Vision’s recent donation to Amanecer was used to purchase the new clothes for these children. The experience was unforgettable for the children, who found just the right attire for their court appearance, thanks to the caring therapists and case managers who helped them look their best.

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