WASHINGTON, DC, June 28, 2019 — The American Red Cross is concerned about the situation involving migrant children and families on the border.
The surge in migrant arrivals over the past few months has put a strain on those organizations helping people along the southwest border and in other cities around the United States. With growing humanitarian needs, the American Red Cross has increased aid to non-governmental organizations working in Arizona, California, Texas, and New Mexico by offering cots, blankets, hygiene items and training. Over the past six months, the American Red Cross has supported 94 partners by sending 8,500 cots and over 20,000 blankets; training nearly 100 volunteer shelter workers along the border; and providing phones and resources that have re-established communications between 8,000 families through our Restoring Family Links program.
As part of a global network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have long delivered humanitarian relief to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers around the world. The Red Cross is committed to delivering help to anyone in need—regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or citizenship status—and to remain a neutral and impartial party, so we can access and help people on all sides.
The American Red Cross is guided by seven fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. For more information about our work with migrants and asylum seekers, please see: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/how-does-the-american-red-cross-help-migrants.html.