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.
CURRENT FEDERAL LITIGATION
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.