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ORGANIZATION: 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
  • Commit to serving as a Volunteer Child Advocate for 12-18 months
  • Ability to travel regularly (once a week) to one or more of the following geographic areas: Manhattan, Long Island, the Bronx, Westchester County, and South Jersey
  • Complete all required Volunteer Child Advocate trainings including a series of self directed online modules and virtual training on Zoom on Saturday, September 10th.
  • Be fluent or highly proficient in at least one of the following languages: Spanish, K'iche', Mam, Kekchi, Chuj, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Ukrainian, or Haitian Creole
  • Pass a criminal background check and child abuse/neglect central registry check. provide proof of a negative TB test, and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status

Complete the online interest form for more information:

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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.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community


Sat Sep 10, 2022


Multiple locations Bronx, NY 10451



  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Immigration Law
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for 12-18 months

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