Thousands of unaccompanied children are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America; many of them make the perilous 1,000-mile trek to the U.S.-Mexico border. Since October 2013, more than 60,000 children have made this journey and face an uncertain future.
JCAR challenges the Textile and Apparel Industry to respond to the crisis and help safeguard the due process and just reintegration experience of these children. TIGRA has challenged the top manufacturers who have benefited from free trade agreements, state-funded infrastructure projects, and from the labor of families in the region, to help fund the legal representation of children seeking asylum and a safe reintegration for those whose asylum applications are denied.
TIGRA challenges these companies to invest in the Children’s Legal Defense and Safe Reintegration Fund:
- Jockey International
- Hanes Brands
- Fruit of The Loom
- Land’s End
- VF Corporation (makers of Lee, Wrangler, North Face, Jansport, etc.)
- SAE-A-Trading Corporation (makers of Forever 21, Old Navy, DKNY, etc.)
- Destination XL Group (makers of Casual Male, Rochester Clothing, etc.)
- Gildan (makers of New Balance, UnderArmour, Gold Toe, etc.)
- American Textile Holdings (makers of Gap, Banana Republic, etc.)