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The Young Center For Immigrant Childrens Rights


The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights trains volunteers to serve as Advocates for unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in immigration detention in Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island, Westchester County, and South Jersey. The role of the Child Advocate is to meet with a child on a weekly basis, accompany the child throughout their legal journey, learn the child's story over time, and work with the Young Center to advocate for that child's best interests.

To become a Child Advocate, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Travel availability to locations in one or more of the following geographic areas: Manhattan, Long Island, the Bronx, Westchester County, and South Jersey
  • Participate in a two day virtual training (October 23rd and 24th)
  • Be fluent or highly proficient in at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Indigenous Central American language (Quiché, Mam, Q’qechi, Chuj, K'iche'), Persian, and Pashto
  • Pass a criminal background check and child abuse/neglect central registry check
If you are interested in volunteering with the Young Center, we encourage you to RSVP to attend one of the following Virtual Information Sessions to learn more about the Young Center, the Child Advocate program and the volunteer application process:
  • Thursday September 30th, 1:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday October 5th, 6:30 PM EST
Email to RSVP for one of these Virtual Information Sessions.

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About The Young Center For Immigrant Childrens Rights


100 Church Street, New York, NY 10007, US

Mission Statement

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects and advances the rights and best interests of immigrant children 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 while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

Young Center attorneys and social workers, along with bilingual volunteers, are appointed as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem) by the Department of Health and Human Services. Our role is to advocate for their best interests-from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S. Our goal is to change both immigration policy and practice so that immigrant children are recognized first as children and their best interests are considered in every decision.

Our goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.

Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations New York, NY 10007



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




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours a week and commit to volunteer with us for at least 12 months
  • Must complete a Volunteer Application, participate in both days of training, pass two background checks, be at least 21 years old, and be fluent or highly proficient in the languages listed

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