Health screening and treatment
only one provider, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami for URM
The U.S. State Department identifies refugee children overseas who are eligible for resettlement in the United States but do not have a parent or guardian. Upon arrival in the United States these refugee children are placed into the URMP and receive substitute care and other services and benefits. Resettlement of unaccompanied refugee minors take place in accordance with the State’s child welfare guidelines but services are only provided through programs specifically designed for the reception of refugee children.
An unaccompanied refugee minor who enters the United States prior to age 18 can remain in substitute care until the minor:
Is reunited with a parent;
Is united with a non-parental adult (relative or nonrelative) willing and able to care for the child to who legal custody or guardianship is granted under state law; or
Has attained 18 years or is not over 23 years of age and is receiving independent living services.
Children eligible for the URMP are under age 18, and are:
Refugees (URM status is granted overseas)
Entrants (Reclassified to URM status after arrival)
Asylees (Reclassified to URM status when they are granted asylum)
Victims of Trafficking
Limitation: No child may be considered unaccompanied unless the child was identified by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of entry or was classified as unaccompanied by the State in accordance with Action Transmittal SSA-AT-79-04 and official interpretations thereof by the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Reclassification: The Office of Refugee Resettlement will reclassify a minor to unaccompanied status if the following conditions are met:
The minor is eligible for ORR funded benefits and services, that is, he/she must be a refugee, asylee, Amerasian, Cuban or Haitian entrant, or a victim of severe form of trafficking, as determined by ORR;
No parent of the minor has lived in the United States since the child’s arrival;
No relative or non-related adult has ever had legal custody of the child in the United States;
With respect to a child who entered the United States accompanied by a non-parental relative or non-related adult, or who entered the United States for the purpose of joining a non-parental relative or non-related adult, the child is not currently living in the home of such relative or adult;
An appropriate court has placed legal responsibility for the child with the State or local public child welfare agency or with a licensed non-public agency under contract with the State to provide services to unaccompanied minors;
The State has reported the child to ORR as an unaccompanied minor and as part of the official State program for unaccompanied minors, and the State meets all other program and reporting requirements.
Victims of Trafficking: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, makes adult victims of severe forms of trafficking who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eligible for the benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. Victims of severe forms of trafficking who are under 18 years of age are also eligible for benefits to the same extent as refugees but do not need to be certified. In the Act, the term severe forms of trafficking in persons means:
Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
The recruitment, harboring transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
United States Catholic Conference/Migration and Refugee Services
Dr. Patricia Maloof
Director of Refugee Programs
3211 4th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194
Telephone: (202) 541-3256
Fax: (202) 722-8805
URM Program Administrator
305-883-3383 ext 222
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd Bldg 1, Rm 307G
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
Telephone:(850) 921-7944 or sc 291-7944
Fax: (850) 487-4272 or sc 2774272