Thanks to your support, we’re excited to announce that the Young Center has opened an office in Harlingen, at the very tip of South Texas, on the border with Mexico. Today, there are more than 700 unaccompanied immigrant children in federal custody in South Texas. Kristin Love, our newest staff attorney, arrived in Harlingen on September 8th and has been busy setting up. The Young Center’s Associate Director, Elizabeth Frankel, flew down this week to officially open the office.
For the past three years, Young Center attorneys have commuted to Harlingen, remotely supervising cases in which the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children. Our Texas cases often present the most complex child protection issues—the children are young (12 and under) and almost all face long-term or permanent separation from their parents.
Our Young Center attorney will now be able to accompany children as the Child Advocate to immigration court and critical interviews with government officials. She’ll be able to meet with our volunteer Child Advocates, many of whom are Teach for America teachers. More importantly, the Young Center will be able to present best interests recommendations in person to decision-makers in South Texas. This will make a world of difference in the outcome for these children.
Thank you so much for your support!
Maria and the Young Center Team