Thousands of children have been caught trying to illegally cross the south-western American border after migrating from across Central America.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. President Barack Obama has called the issue a “humanitarian crisis.” Unfortunately, these children face abuse, neglect and human and sex trafficking in their home countries. Young migrants are usually detained and held by Border Patrol officials and then sent to a shelter.

St. PJ’s is licensed for short-term emergency shelter for 82 international children and youth ages 6 to 17. International children who are residing at St. PJ’s have an average stay of 14-21 days. St. PJ’s also provides temporary foster care homes for international children birth to 12-years-old.