On this World Refugee Day, a poem by Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire
Home, by Warsan Shire
no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark.
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city
running as well.
your neighbours running faster
than you, the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind
the … Learn More
Crossing the Border as an Unaccompanied Child
Hernan is 14, the eldest of five children in a family from Veracruz, one of Mexico’s poorest states. His mom runs the house, his dad works the farm, but “sometimes the crops just don’t grow,” he says. His parents struggle to buy enough rice and beans to sustain the family … Learn More
THE YOUNG CENTER IS NOW HIRING IN NEW YORK, PHOENIX, & HARLINGEN!
The New York Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York Staff Attorney, Social Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The New York office of the Young Center will serve both detained and released … Learn More
The Young Center is Named for One of the First Children we Served, Young Zheng. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights pays tribute to the children we serve by naming the organization after one of our first clients, Young Zheng, a young man from China who was smuggled by ruthless traffickers at the age of 14, and expected to work off a debt of $60,000. In fear for his life, Young endured more than two years of detention and legal battles to remain in the U.S. All the while, his Child Advocate stood by him, advocated for his release and against deportation. Young Zheng was granted citizenship. He has finished college, and received a graduate degree in biotechnology from Texas A&M University. He has graciously lent his name to this organization.
Uplifting Report on DACA Youth
June 22, 2017
Five years after the DACA program was implemented, a study by Roberto Gonzalez demonstrates how lifting the threat of deportation and providing youth and young adults with opportunities to study and to work lawfully has improved their lives and benefitted …
On Wednesday, June 14, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will begin review of several bills that would eviscerate the few protections that exist for vulnerable immigrant children seeking protection from traffickers or requesting protection from their persecutors. These proposed changes …
Today, three Congresswomen wrote a letter to their colleagues demonstrating how harsh, punitive immigration policies cause real harm to the health and well-being of children. Read the letter from Congresswomen Roybill-Allard, Napolitano and Jayapal as published in The Hill here…