Who We Are
The Guardian Angel Project is a program that aims to keep as many children and youth as possible from being deported without a full assessment of eligibility for asylum as well as ensuring that their psychological and physical needs are met.
"Southern California is one of the areas with the highest number of unaccompanied migrant children and youth; the most recent count is over 3,000 in the court process."
The Guardian Angel program is sponsored by the Synod Justice and Global Missions Team as a project of the Welcoming Congregations network of the Southwest California Synod. We are part of a broader collaboration involving the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church, the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Presbytery of the Pacific of the Presbyterian Church in the USA, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild. CLUE coordinates UCARE, a broader coalition of legal and service providers concerned about unaccompanied migrant children and their families. Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services and the Wheatridge Foundation have supported the program.