National Center for Youth Law


For over 30 years, the National Center for Youth Law has advocated for the humane and dignified treatment of immigrant youth detained by the federal government. NCYL’s Immigration Team uses a combination of federal litigation, stakeholder education, federal legislative outreach, and coalition building to protect the rights of detained immigrant youth as well as immigrant children and families in the community.

Central to NCYL’s immigration work is the Flores Settlement Agreement, which sets national standards for the treatment of detained immigrant youth. As Flores co-counsel, NCYL’s Immigration Team represents the class of over 11,000 immigrant children in federal custody and is responsible for monitoring the Government’s compliance with the Agreement.

The Immigration Team works towards decreasing the number of immigrant youth in federal detention facilities, ensuring that detained immigrant youth are treated with respect and provided the services and supports to which they are legally entitled, as well as ensuring that public systems that serve immigrant children and families understand their unique traumas and respond accordingly.


Please note that NCYL does not represent individuals in immigration proceedings. If you are looking for legal representation in immigration matters, please refer to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s National Immigration Legal Services Directory. If you are in need of immigration legal services in the Bay Area, you can refer to this list of organizations for further assistance and resources.

Si necesita los servicios legales de inmigración en el Área de la Bahía, hay una lista de algunas organizaciones para ayudar en su búsqueda.


Protecting the due process rights of children in federal immigration custody.

August 31, 2017
Since 2014 more than 160,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the United States.  In 2016, almost 60,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were apprehended. These children have always faced grave danger in the United States. Under the Trump Administration, the threats to their civil rights, safety and…

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