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Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic
The Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic combines international human rights, immigration and children's rights law. Students in the Young Center 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, or through an internal enforcement action—then detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Pursuant to federal law, the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate for the most vulnerable of these children.
Students in the Young Center Clinic are assigned to work one-on-one with children at Chicago-area detention facilities. Each student meets weekly with the child and advocates for the best interests of the child with federal officials, immigration judges and asylum officers, under the supervision of Young Center attorneys. In addition to serving as Child Advocate, clinic students have the opportunity to engage in legislative and public policy advocacy regarding human rights protections for immigrant children in removal proceedings. The Young Center Clinic admits both second-year and third-year law students.
Students who enroll in the clinic must:
1. Speak Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi or Arabic (each year the Young Center admits a few students who speak other languages or only English);
2. Participate in a 2-day orientation on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29;
3. Participate in a 2-hour weekly seminar during the Fall Quarter;
4. Participate in bi-weekly brown bag lunch meetings during the Winter and Spring Quarters;
5. Commit to at least 2, but no more than 3, quarters in the clinic.
For more information about the Young Center, visit: www.TheYoungCenter.org or contact Maria Woltjen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-702-0349 or Elizabeth Frankel at email@example.com or 773-702-9587.
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