MacArthur Foundation Awards Grant to the Young Center

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago has received a two-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation to spearhead changes in federal immigration policy and practices toward children. For nine years, the Young Center has called for a restructuring of the federal immigration system so that all children—especially those separated from their parents and families—are recognized and treated as children, with rights, protection needs, and vulnerabilities all their own. With this funding, the Young Center will lead a national initiative that brings together immigration authorities and non-governmental organizations to create a framework for considering the best interests of children in every decision that affects them. Additionally, the Young Center will collaborate with other attorneys and children’s advocates to develop a blueprint for creating special courts for children; today, children facing deportation to their home countries are required to appear in the same courts and often at the same time as adults. The Young Center’s Policy Director, Jennifer Nagda, will take the lead on both initiatives. We are deeply grateful for the MacArthur Foundation’s support.