Unaccompanied migrating children

In Washington, we work to educate decision-makers about immigrant children who are fleeing extreme violence and arriving alone at our southern border. Since 2005, we have provided pro bono legal services to unaccompanied migrating children and know they are turning to the U.S. for protection. Lawmakers must give these children an opportunity to have their stories heard with the help of a lawyer, who can advocate to help keep them safe. We continue working to ensure our policies reflect America’s values of fairness and justice.

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Refer a Child

Children should not represent themselves in court. We match and mentor pro bono attorneys to handle immigration cases for unaccompanied immigrant children released from federal custody in the United States.

Join us as a Pro Bono Attorney

In 2005, we launched the Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) to help the increasing number of unaccompanied children involved in immigration court proceedings but who cannot afford legal representation. We recruit and mentor pro bono attorneys to represent immigrant children facing deportation. We have matched hundreds of children with attorneys nationwide.  Attorneys do not need prior immigration law experience to volunteer.

Reconnecting Families handbook 

USCRI developed the Reconnecting Families resource manual and parent and teen workbooks through a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. The manual is designed to help families start to rebuild their relationship with one another after an extended separation due to migration.


A Profile of the Modern Salvadoran Migrant

In an International partnership with the Universidad Tecnolólogica de El Salvador (UTEC), the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) provides information as to the migration pattern of Salvadorans.  The report explores and analyzes the root causes of migration among Salvadoran adults and children.

Data resources

For the latest number of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by Customs & Border Protection go to their website here.