The Young Center’s goal is to lay the groundwork for a change in federal immigration policy and practice so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children. The Young Center is working toward three specific reforms: creation of a framework for consideration of best interests in partnership with immigration authorities and non-governmental organizations; development of a blueprint for special court and asylum office dockets for released children; and development of a model for access to lawyers and Child Advocates at the immigration courts and asylum offices. Together, these reforms would convert today’s immigration system—in which children are treated as adults—into a justice system that recognizes children as children, with rights, protection needs, and vulnerabilities all their own.