Where: Sacred Heart School, 150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton, CA
When: Saturday June 16th, 2018
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Celebrate the 2018 World Cup with a special soccer tournament in support of our unaccompanied minors – children who bravely left their families and fled their countries to escape persecution, abandonment, exploitation, serious deprivation, and/or violence. Now living in San Mateo, these resilient youngsters long for safety, care, family, and a place to call home.
Help these kids feel welcome, appreciated, and valued in our community by participating in our soccer tournament and enjoy a great day of soccer, fun, and camaraderie!
The event, hosted by our Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigrant Services Program, will raise vital funds to respond to the dramatic increase in demand for affordable legal assistance and wraparound services for unaccompanied minors. Your contribution will help make this day unforgettable for these amazing and children and enable us to continue supporting them in their adjustment to life in our community.
This soccer tournament has thrived thanks to the support of the community. Our kids have played with the San Mateo Sheriff, Telemundo and Univision reporters and anchors, Redwood City and East Palo Alto City officials, employees from companies like Google, Walmart, and Facebook, and many other friends.
We invite all who wish to play with us and show our kids they have a community that respects them and is happy they are here with us.
Click here for the Rules of the Day.
Unaccompanied children come from all over the world, but the largest numbers arrive from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico.
Children flee their countries to escape persecution, abandonment, exploitation, serious deprivation, and/or violence in their communities, or to reunite with a caregiver, often after losing one at home. Some are victims of human trafficking. Some are alone, separated from family or orphaned.They long for safety, care, family, and a place to call home.
These children are now facing adversarial removal proceedings opposed by experienced government attorneys, with only about 32% represented by counsel. It is highly unlikely that an unrepresented child will prevail in immigration court, even if he or she has a bona fide claim for protection. A recent study found that represented children have a 73% success rate in immigration court, as compared to only 15% of unrepresented children.
To respond justly and humanely to the unprecedented spike in the number of children who made the treacherous journey north in the past few years, Catholic Charities offers free legal immigration services to these children and youth through its Refugee & Immigrant Program.
We are working to protect the rights of vulnerable unaccompanied children by supporting their housing, education, mental health, medical, and legal needs within nurturing and safe environments. It is fundamentally important to safeguard their well-being. Undoubtedly, our community will play a fundamental role. It is critical that we welcome these young people and develop opportunities for them to be kids.