SFUSD Supports Undocumented Newcomer Students

El Inmagrante by Joel Bergner
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CAMINOS - Supporting Newcomer Students and Families

Our Schools Are Sanctuaries
Escuelas Nuestras Son Sanctuarios

Program Description

As a Sanctuary City, San Francisco believes all youth have the right to access public education and social services regardless of legal residency status. SFUSD upholds this city ordinance, and recognizes the complex circumstances and backgrounds of all newcomer students and families. In response to the 2014 humanitarian crisis of increased refugee minors from Mexico and Central America, SFUSD launched the program Caminos, with the 1st year mission of increasing access to education for Latino newcomer students and families through advocacy, community building, and the coordination of appropriate support services.

Caminos -the Spanish word for “paths” or “journeys”- was chosen to honor the particular struggle of Latino newcomers, respect the role of culture as a foundation for success, acknowledge their recent migration and arrival, and recognize SFUSD’s role in their current path towards academic success.


  • Every child has the right to an education
  • Immigrant youth and families thrive when they maintain a connection to their culture of origin
  • Schools are a community resource and should strive to ensure the provision of culturally, socially, and linguistically appropriate support services to all families

Program Goals

To address the current humanitarian crisis of Latino refugee children for the 2014-2015 school year through:

  • Community Building and Advocacy: Operating as a point of contact for local and state entities for support issues related to newcomer students and families; Engaging community stakeholders in creating sustainable collaborations with school sites to meet the needs of this community; Promote and advocate for equity in educational, legal, and health rights
  • Intra-district Coordination, Referral, and Linkages: Ensuring district-wide programs and school site staff are coordinated in their efforts; Creating and disseminating up to date resources and information
  • Technical Assistance and Training: Increasing district-wide knowledge of this population through presentations, workshops, and professional developments for staff and community members; Building capacities at school sites to ensure equity in distribution of school resources; Aggregating, creating, and disseminating “best practices” in delivering support services; Supporting school sites and programs in ensuring they have the most up to date materials for staff, students, and families
  • Sustainability and Growth: Leveraging funds and allies to ensure the continued existence of a district-wide support services program for the newcomer immigrant community; Planning for the 2015-2016 school year to ensure SFUSD support staff develop competency in serving all recently arrived immigrants


Angelina Romano, MSW/PPS             
Program Coordinator
415.242.2615 x3059                        

Posted 12/19/2014


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