Washington, DC – Responding to the news that the Biden Administration will create Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans in the United States for 18 months effective March 9, Tessie San Martin, President and CEO for child rights and humanitarian organization Plan International USA, said:
“This is an incredible step forward in U.S. policy by the new Biden Administration. The thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the United States will now be able to live in dignity and security, free from the fear of detention and deportation.”
Plan International is responding to the needs of Venezuelan children, adolescents, and their families throughout Latin America with humanitarian and development programming. The 5.4 million Venezuelans who have fled the dire socio-economic and security crisis in their country face immense challenges on their journeys and once they have reached their destination.
The Temporary Protected Status designation will be an immense source of relief for the thousands of Venezuelans in the United States who can apply. Venezuelans with TPS will be able to legally work and have sustained employment without exploitation. Venezuelan children will be able to attend school without disruption and plan for their futures in security and stability. Children, adolescents, and their families will be able to access government services and have increased confidence that they will not be put at risk by doing so.
Plan International urges the U.S. government to extend this 18-month policy well before its future expiration if the humanitarian situation in Venezuela remains unchanged. It is currently effective from March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022.
We also welcome the pledge announced yesterday by the U.S. administration to provide “robust humanitarian assistance” to neighboring host countries. We call for other governments hosting Venezuelan migrants and refugees to enact similar protected status and join together in humanitarian leadership with both the U.S. and the Colombian government, which last month enacted a 10-year temporary protected status for Venezuelans in Colombia.
About Plan International
Powered by supporters, Plan International USA partners with adolescent girls, young women and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety. Founded in 1937, Plan is an independent development and humanitarian organization that is active in more than 80 countries.