A program of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the Immigrant Children's Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children) provides pro bono legal and social services for unaccompanied migrant children as they navigate the U.S. Immigration Courts.
These children, often fleeing domestic abuse, gang violence, trafficking, or poverty, arrive in the U.S. without parents or resources. Some seek asylum, others simply want to reunite with family members or search for opportunities far from their reach in their home countries. Many end up deported, never having spoken to an attorney. Our goal is to ensure that these children receive the proper legal, social, and health services they deserve.
First Ladies of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala Address USCRI's Conference on Unaccompanied Migrant Children, On Their Own
USCRI held a three-day conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss the serious crisis of unaccompanied migrant children. The First Ladies of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala attended and spoke to more than 200 experts, practitioners, and policy makers. The meeting occurred as the problem of unaccompanied migrant children who make the long trek from Central America to the U.S. southern border is worsening, as reported in many U.S. media. Read more >> Help Unaccompanied immigrants children >>
A Risky Trip Leads to Stardom and Sanctuary
The New York Times, February 21, 2011 A Honduran teenager gained fame as the star of a documentary film that shows the dangers faced by children who ride across Mexico atop freight trains to cross into the United States. The documentary, “Which Way Home,” directed by Rebecca Cammisa, won an Emmy award last year and was nominated for an Oscar. Working closely with Ms. Cammisa, USCRI’s Children’s Center found a volunteer lawyer for Kevin. An asylum petition presented for Kevin was granted by USCIS in January. Read New York Times Article >> Learn More About Which Way Home >> Help Children Like Kevin >>
USCRI President and CEO, Lavinia Limón, explains why migrant children arriving in the United States without parents or guardians need the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children.
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