NCYL works to ensure that immigrant children are able to live in communities rather than in government custody and have access to the resources and opportunities they need to heal and thrive. We use a combination of federal litigation, state and federal policy advocacy, stakeholder education, and coalition building to uphold and expand the rights of detained immigrant youth as well as immigrant children in the community.
In our capacity as co-counsel on Flores v. Garland we represent the class of all immigrant children in federal custody. In this role, we regularly meet with detained immigrant youth to identify and resolve violations of their rights by the federal government. Our team’s litigation and policy work is informed directly by the words of our clients.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
White House may restart detention of migrant families - sources
Biden administration moves to safeguard abortion access for migrant girls in U.S. custody
NCYL Leader Jesse Hahnel Steps Down
'A failure on all our parts.' Thousands of immigrant children wait in government shelters.
Afghan Children Are Suffering in the U.S. Immigration System
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Who Are Pregnant And In US Custody Are Being Moved Across State Lines To Access Abortion Services
Practice Advisory: Preliminary Injunction in Lucas R. v. Becerra
Unregulated & Unsafe: The Use of Emergency Intake Sites to Detain Immigrant Children
Guidance for Mental Health Professionals Serving Unaccompanied Children Released from Government Custody
A New Way Forward: What Congress Must Do to Protect the Dignity, Health, and Safety of Children in Immigration Custody
A Trauma-Informed Approach for Newcomer Immigrant Youth
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