Unaccompanied Minors

Immigration Legal Representation of Children

How does Ascentria help immigrant children?

The Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program provides free legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, or other forms of serious harm.  In particular, the program serves children who live in long-term foster care and have no relatives to care for them.  Most of these children are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and have been victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect abroad.

ILAP also recruits, trains, and mentors attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors on a pro bono basis.  If you would like to join our pro bono panel, please click here for more information.
How does the Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program assist children?

Ascentria provides confidential immigration legal services to children under 21, including:
• Pro bono legal advice and representation;
• English as a Second Language classes and educational programs; and
• Referrals to community-based organizations.

Our attorneys meet intensively with children to provide them with legal advice and representation in their immigration case. Ascentria assists the children to apply for immigration relief and provides representation before the Boston Immigration Court.  Ascentria also makes referrals to relevant social service providers when the child needs other social service support. 

How do I make an appointment or refer a potential client for services?

To contact the children’s program, please call (617) 552-9275 or infolegal@ascentria.org.

How can I volunteer to help immigrant children?

You can make a difference in the lives of unaccompanied children. Ascentria always seeks volunteer attorneys to represent children in immigration proceedings.  Click here to find out more information about pro bono opportunities.  To register to volunteer, please click here.  All volunteers receive mentorship, training, and support from attorneys at Ascentria.