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The Central American Minors (CAM) program was established in December 2014 in response to the arrival of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied youth from Central America on the southern border of the United States. Administered by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the CAM program is intended to be a part of a regional humanitarian strategy to deter children from attempting the perilous journey to the United States through Mexico. It reflects U.S. immigration policies that prioritize family reunification and humanitarian concerns, and provides a safe and legal option for children living in Central America to reunite with their biological parents in the U.S. who have a qualifying legal status. The program seeks to protect children who face persecution or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. The CAM program is seen as one prong of a multipronged humanitarian response to the plight of unaccompanied children threatened by the violence in Central America.
In partnership with the Maya Heritage Community Project and Maya Children USA, Inc., USCCB has developed the following video resources to help raise awareness of the CAM-AOR program* among speakers of Mayan languages. In addition to an abbreviated version in Spanish, educational videos were created in Acateco, Chuj, Ixil, Mam, Quanjobal, and Kiche. Each video provides a general overview of the CAM program as well as information on locating the nearest R&P affiliate for additional information on eligibility and the application process.
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