This September, CILA celebrates 8 years of commitment to our mission of empowering all advocates who guide children and youth through complex legal procedures, to do so with courage, competency, compassion, and creativity. Our hope is to ensure more immigrant youth are represented and to provide the resources and expertise needed to support those who endeavor to represent them.
A BRIEF HISTORY: Our story started when the number of children entering the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) increased. Dalia and Yasmin, both attorneys working in the nonprofit children’s immigration world at the time, saw the need for a legal resource center that could support legal service providers and practitioners interested in doing pro bono work representing children and youth facing removal proceedings. In 2014, Texas did not have many legal resource centers, and none made serving unaccompanied immigrant minors an exclusive focus. With this in mind, our fearless leaders presented their plan and worked tirelessly until CILA became the ABA’s newest immigration project! There is more to this story! Click here to learn more.
Our wonderful staff reminisced about our work so far and wished to share some memories with you:
In the mood to celebrate with us? Here are some ways to connect with CILA:
- Technical Assistance: Ask CILA a question about a legal or social services issue.
- Working Groups: Join us for a virtual working group meeting to hear updates on issues and learn from your colleagues. Get to know someone new in this community of advocates.
- Resources: Check out CILA’s written resources on our website to continue to strengthen your advocacy skills.
- Trainings: Learn the basics of immigration law and take a deeper dive by attending CILA trainings.
Reach out to the CILA team to let us know how we can support you in your advocacy efforts! Thank you for being a champion for immigrant youth! We appreciate all the trust and support you have given us these past 8 years!