You’re invited to Futbol con Corozon 2018!
Where: Sacred Heart School,150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton,CA
When: Saturday June 16th, 2018
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Three years ago we asked our unaccompanied minors about possible gifts that they would like to receive, and worried about having these young kids asking us for computers, iPad, or expensive items. Instead their answer was surprisingly simple and powerful: can we play soccer one day? And we did. For three years in a row, the community came and together we enjoyed playing their favorite sport: SOCCER.
This year, join in the celebration of the 2018 World Cup and put together a team with your friends/coworkers and come for a fun day of soccer. Each team should have up to 7 players. Our unaccompanied minors will join your team to make it stronger and complete! Let’s make sure they know that they are welcome, that their presence is valued and appreciated.
This event will raise vital funds to help respond to the increased demand for affordable legal assistance and wraparound services including therapy, fun activities, leadership academies, among others. Your contribution will help make this day unforgettable for these amazing and resilient children and will enable us to continue supporting them in their adjustment to life in the US.
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 & Facebook, and many other friends. This invitation is open to all who wish to play with us and show our kids that they have a community here – a community that respects them, and above all that is happy that they are here with us.
Prior to 2012 an average of 6,000-8,000 unaccompanied minors arrived annually to the United States seeking a safe haven. 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, 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 all 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 began offering free legal immigration services.
We are hoping to find ways 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 indispensable that we welcome these young people and develop opportunities for them to be kids.
Learn more at CatholicCharitiesSF.org