Casework Corner: Reuniting Families After Deportation
Three year old Marianna* was apprehended at the southern U.S. border with her father. She was taken into custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, after her father was deported to Guatemala. ISS-USA was asked to assess the safety of her home in Guatemala before she returned. Within a month, ISS-USA’s local partner in Guatemala conducted a home study and found the home to be a safe and healthy environment. Marianna was reunified with her family and ISS-USA continued to link the family to social services in their community to support a lasting and sustainable reintegration.
*names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons