As Children Spill Over Border, Nonprofits Respond

Border Crisis June 2014

Laurie Melrood/Casa Mariposa

Two sisters, ages 13 and 8, wait in a Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz. in early June. They are part of a wave of undocumented Central American immigrants straining the capacity of government agencies and nonprofits.

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Laurie Melrood/Casa Mariposa

Two sisters, ages 13 and 8, wait in a Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz. in early June. They are part of a wave of undocumented Central American immigrants straining the capacity of government agencies and nonprofits.

The phone at Coalición de Derechos Humanos hasn’t stopped ringing. On the line are families desperate to find children missing in the desert, or caught up in a labyrinth of federal agencies and immigrant detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Tucson, Ariz.-based nonprofit is struggling to keep up.

"We don’t see an end in sight," says Isabel Garcia, an attorney and co-founder of the