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Children’s Program

Through free legal counsel, educational materials, and social services, our Children’s Program works with immigrant children detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at juvenile facilities in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Our approach

How we work with children through the legal process and beyond.

  • Legal services

    We offer free “Know Your Rights” presentations, legal consultations, court accompaniment, and more to children who are detained in local ORR facilities.

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  • Direct representation

    We represent all children we meet at local shelters who stay in local programs, as well as those who are released from the local shelters who reunify locally in areas where we provide services

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  • Social services

    We connect the children we represent and their caregivers with resources in their communities to holistically address their needs beyond the scope of their legal case.

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Direct representation

Everybody deserves quality legal counsel.

That’s why our dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, and pro bono partners works to provide high-quality legal representation to children.

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    In-house counsel

    We offer robust free legal representation to children we meet in local shelters, who stay in local programs, or who are released in the areas where we work.

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    Pro bono partners

    To leverage in-house capacity and provide high-quality direct legal representation, we partner with law firms, corporate legal departments, and law school clinics to place client cases.

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The extra mile

We support our clients holistically.

Our team plays a vital role in our holistic approach to client support. By providing referrals to local resources, they ensure every client has what they need to build a happy and healthy life. From healthcare, to educational resources, to case management—we tailor our approach to best meet the needs of our young clients.

Stories of impact

Our clients come first. Always.

From assisting people seeking asylum to reuniting families, we strive to ensure everyone navigating the immigration system feels safe and supported. Here are some stories from people we have been honored to work with over the years.

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