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Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic combines international human rights, immigration law and children's rights law. Students in the clinic serve as Child Advocate (similar to a guardian ad litem) for unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Chicago. Unaccompanied immigrant children come to the U.S. from all corners of the world, on their own. They are apprehended—typically at the U.S./Mexico border—then detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Law students are appointed to serve as Child Advocate for the most vulnerable of these children and are responsible for advocating for the best interests of the assigned child on issues relating to care, custody, release, legal relief and safe repatriation. Since there is no substantive best interests standard under the Immigration and Nationality Act, students look to state child welfare law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNHCR Guidelines. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in legislative and policy advocacy aimed at reforming the immigration system to better protect the rights of children.
Students are assigned to work one-on-one with children at Chicago-area detention facilities. Each student meets weekly with the child, and advocates on behalf of the child with federal officials, immigration judges and asylum officers.
The clinic admits both 2Ls and 3Ls.
Language skills are not required, but students who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Romanian, or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to apply.
Students who enroll in the clinic must:
1. Participate in a 2-day orientation on Oct. 4 & 5, 2014;
2. Participate in brown bag lunch meetings. For more information, visit: www.TheYoungCenter.org.
You may also contact Elizabeth Frankel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-702-9587 or Maria Woltjen at email@example.com or 773-702-0349.
Elizabeth Frankel, Maria Woltjen, Jajah Wu, Marcy Phillips