“Children are the future.” It’s a phrase that has been uttered many a time, by many a leader, in many parts of the world. No matter how many times I hear it, it will always resonate with me, and I’m so proud to share our commitment in Houston to serving vulnerable children. In 2014, we launched an innovative project to address the urgent needs of unaccompanied children who fled to the United States to escape extreme violence in Central America.
The dangers they face in their home countries include rampant gang violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, among other harms. These children face an incredibly dangerous journey from start to finish, with no guarantee that they will be able to stay in the United States once they’ve arrived. They come here seeking asylum because they have no other choice. Frankly, their courage astounds me.
Tahirih Houston is honored to have represented 115 brave children in 2015, which included developing personalized safety plans for our clients and helping to meet their basic need such as food, clothing, counseling, housing, school enrollment, and educational support.
Our high quality client-centered approach and robust pro bono relationships mean that not only can we provide vulnerable women and girls with the services they need, but we can also provide quality outreach and training that multiplies our impact in our community.
When these courageous children refuse to accept a life of violence, they are fighting to make sure that the future is brighter, safer, and more equal, for women and girls everywhere.
*If you’d like to learn more about the lifesaving work we’re able to accomplish with our community partners, please join us at our 2015 Year-In-Review on March 23, 2016!