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Madeline Taylor Diaz

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Madeline Taylor Diaz

Madeline Taylor Diaz

Name of Host Organization: Ayuda
City, State: Falls Church, Virginia
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The Project

Madeline provides direct legal services and outreach with the goal of obtaining legal status for immigrant children, including victims of violence, those who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, and DREAMers—individuals eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Immigrant children are often isolated from legal resources that could enable them to obtain legal immigration status. Cultural, economic, and language barriers, common to all immigrants, are compounded for a child. Undocumented immigrant children, many of whom are fearful of having their status discovered, are unable to plan for their future. This project provides direct immigration legal services to children in Northern Virginia—a region experiencing rapid growth in its immigrant populations and a lack of services adequate to meet the need—so that these individuals do not fear deportation and can grow up to be successful adults.