Meeting the Needs of Latino Undocumented Immigrant Children in Washington, DC
This research project, conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Refugees and Immigrant Children (NCRIC), seeks to better understand and meet the needs of undocumented and unaccompanied children in the Washington, DC Area. Specifically, the current research project seeks to do the following: 1) better understand the needs of Latino undocumented, unaccompanied immigrant children in the DC area; 2) create an asset-map of services available to these children; and 3) to identify the extent to which the children’s needs are being met . The NCRIC is run by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants, 2005) and matches undocumented children who are out of detention and in need of representation in court with lawyers who are willing to provide their services, pro-bono. However, the NCRIC has found that undocumented immigrant children have needs that extend beyond the legal realm and has committed itself to addressing the medical, psychological, physical and educational needs of the children. The NCRIC is putting together a database organized by city that lists organizations and services that can meet the social and psychological needs of its clients. Though undocumented children come from all over the world, the majority of children with whom the NCRIC works in Washington, DC are Latino. After determining the needs of the Latino undocumented immigrant children who are involved with NCRIC and the resources available in the Washington DC area that address those needs, I will then determine the capacity of the organizations and their current ability to serve children with whom the NCRIC works.
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