Why Immigrant Children Need Your Help
Immigrant children are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Many have experienced significant persecution, trauma, or abuse in their home countries or on their journeys to the US, only to encounter a hostile immigration system that offers no guidance or counsel. Legal representation helps immigrant children navigate our complicated immigration system and significantly increases their chances of accessing relief for which they are qualified.
Legal services organizations alone cannot meet the need for representation for immigrant children, so many organizations run pro bono programs to facilitate the involvement of attorney volunteers. This page is intended to make it easier to learn how to get trained, connect with these organizations, and represent an immigrant child who needs your help. You don’t need any previous experience in this area to volunteer with these organizations and make a major difference in the life of a child.
- Getting Started Representing Children
- Types of Relief
- Example Documents
Working with child clients is incredibly rewarding but raises unique issues and challenges. There are many resources available to provide expert guidance on working with child clients, including the following:
- Interviewing the Child Client: Approaches and Techniques for a Successful Interview
- AILA Practice Advisory, Ethical Issues in Representing Children
- Sound Advice: Effective Representation for Immigrant Youth
If this is your first foray into pro bono work, here are some great resources about pro bono generally: