This initiative of justice AmeriCorps is a partnership led by Equal Justice Works, which includes the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). Through this partnership, a cadre of 46 full-time legal professionals — lawyers and paralegals — will serve as AmeriCorps members in 13 cities across the United States with the greatest need: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Seattle.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
CLINIC has been providing training and support in the area of unaccompanied children for almost two decades, and operated the National Detention Representation Project from 1996 to 2007. CLINIC staff have extensive experience in training on substantive legal immigration topics, as well as best practices and cultural competency in working with children.
Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works is dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. The Equal Justice Works Fellowships programs fund hundreds of public interest attorneys each year to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable among us achieve the same access to justice and quality legal representation as more fortunate citizens.
Kids In Need of Defense
KIND is the only organization dedicated solely to the protection of unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone. KIND’s model, and the innovative public-private partnership that supports it, have been recognized and honored by the White House, the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, and the National Council of La Raza.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program, founded in 2005, strives to help every child facing deportation proceedings, matching children with attorneys nationwide, including Alaska. To date, USCRI has impacted the cases of approximately 7,500 unaccompanied children, and has established nationwide referral protocols with over 20 federal detention sites and hundreds of nonprofits.