The numbers speak for themselves. Representation makes a significant difference in the lives of children facing deportation. Many children have legal relief available that could offer them protection and more security in the United States. The only thing missing is knowledge and guidance to navigate the system. Children appearing in immigration court alone are unable to access the relief from deportation that is available to them under the law.

Unrepresented Juveniles

The need is greater than the services the current system of non-profit legal service providers can provide. The needs of this resilient group are specialized: attorneys must earn the trust of young people from all over the world who have traveled a long way from their homes and support systems, understand the nuances of the dynamic immigration system, be ready to work on a case for years, and communicate using child friendly practices in languages other than English. There is no doubt that appointing a free, specialized attorney to every child in this system is the gold standard. Until that standard is realized, many children need help from attorneys on a pro bono basis to fill this gap.

Whether you are a new or seasoned immigration or children’s attorney, the Children’s Immigration Law Academy has resources available to support you in your representation.  A great starting point is our "Introduction to Working with UC" webinar, and other introductory webinars found here. On the side bar, you will also find links to additional resources on our website.

Below you will find pro bono opportunities nationwide to support children facing deportation. Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation allows lawyers to search and share available pro bono cases for unaccompanied children (UC) detained by the federal government or released to live with family members while in deportation proceedings.

Pro tip:  Use the search box to find a case in your city, use the search term “remote” to find opportunities available from anywhere, and “mentorship” if you are looking for a case with support from the legal service provider.  

Want to work with a specific organization?  Select their name from the “partner” list in the filter box to search for available cases.  If you don’t see a match, use the “notify me” box to receive an email when that organization posts another opportunity.

 

[1] Data obtained from https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/juvenile/

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