Equal Justice Works Receives $1.2 Million for justice AmeriCorps Partnership

Today at the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration at the White House, President Obama announced the launch of justice AmeriCorps, which will provide $2 million in funding to “increase national service while facilitating the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings involving certain children who have crossed the border without a parent or legal guardian.”

Equal Justice Works, in partnership with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), will receive $1.2 million — more than half of the total funding — to deploy 55 full-time Members (lawyers and paralegals) to provide legal representation to unaccompanied children, build pro bono capacity to support that population, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of immigration courts in the locations in which members will serve.

Click here to read the press release from Equal Justice Works.

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