Board Member Opportunity, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School

Board Member Opportunity, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School. The Young Center, a dynamic and growing organization, has an opening for a Board Member. Launched in Chicago in 2003, the Young Center now has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Harlingen, Texas, on the U.S. Mexico border. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children. This is a new field—at present there is no best interests standard when it comes to the treatment of immigrant children, no requirement that judges or immigration officials consider what’s best for a child in deportation proceedings, even though the decisions can carry life-and-death consequences. The Young Center is appointed by the federal government to serve as Child Advocate—best interests guardian ad litemfor the most vulnerable of these children, advocating for their best interests—safety and well-being—whether they remain in the U.S. or return to their home countries. The Young Center also conducts policy advocacy at the federal level, advocating for reform of the immigration system into a justice system that recognizes children as children, with appropriate rights and protections. Our direct service work is funded primarily through a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services. Our policy work is supported through grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For an overview of the Young Center’s work, please see the June 2014 Op Ed by Young Center Executive Director, Maria Woltjen, in the Chicago Tribune: http://trib.in/1xcitZU

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