Name of Host Organization: Public Counsel
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Immigrant Populations, Children/Youth
Jesus identified and represented youth in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system (LAJJS) who qualified for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship rather than deportation.
Need Addressed By Project
This project served abused, abandoned, and neglected undocumented
youth – typically poor youth of color between the ages of 13 and 18 – in the LAJJS. Although not
born in the United States, many of them
have grown up in this country and have strong roots here. Still, they lack a crucial element in
their lives: lawful immigration status. They face
the well-known hurdles that all abused, neglected, and abandoned children do, but their
challenges are even greater if the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security learns of their presence, as most
will be subject to deportation.