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Be a Child Advocate for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

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A Child Advocate is an adult who volunteers to spend time with and advocate on behalf of an unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is subject to immigration and deportation proceedings. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, races, ethnicities and social backgrounds. Advocates must be at least 21 years old. Per federal policy, a background check and tuberculosis screening will be required after the training before beginning on a case. Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish, Hatian Creole, French, Urdu, Romanian, Daari, Pashto or other Indigenous Central American languages.

Before being assigned, Advocates are required to complete a two-day live virtual training session on child development, communicating with children, U.S. immigration law and issues facing unaccompanied immigrant children. Prior to attending the training, advocates will also be required to complete an online classroom component which consists of appoximately 2 hours of video lectures and questions. Once assigned to an individual child, each advocate receives continuous training, support, and supervision from the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

*Our next two day virtual training will take place online (via Zoom) on October 23rd and 24th from 10am - 2:00 pm. We seek individuals from the San Antonio/Austin area. All applications must be completed by October 11th, you will receive an application upon response.*

As a Child Advocate, you commit to:

-Visit virtually with the child once a week for the duration of their shelter/facility stay, typically around 3-6 months (Visits are being conducted remotely and in person visits depending on facility availability and volunteer preference).

- Help the child think through options and decisions.

- If available, accompany the child to court hearings and other important meetings and interviews when available.

- Conduct research on the child’s situation in his or her home country.

- Help our staff attorneys and social worker draft a written report regarding best interest recommendations.

- Maintain communication with the Young Center staff, the child’s Case Manager at the shelter and the child’s attorney.

- Advocate for the best interest of the child.

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About The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights


816 Camaron St., Suite 1349, San Antonio, TX 78212, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.


The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children by accompanying them through court proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees


Sat Oct 23, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Multiple locations San Antonio, TX 78212



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Visits are conducted weekly for 30 minutes to 1 hour for the duration of the child's detention (on average between 3-6 months)
  • Must pass FBI background check, child welfare check, and tuberculosis test (the tb requirement will only be required for in person visitation).

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