The Young Center

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Justice & Legal
  • Race & Ethnicity


HoustonHouston, TX 77007 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is a champion for the best interests of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing their country due to violence, trafficking, abuse, and extreme poverty. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings and stand for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child. Our goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and their best interests are made a part of the decision-making process.


Young Center attorneys and social workers, along with volunteers, are appointed as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem) by the Department of Health and Human Services. Volunteers meet with the child once a week and learn their story to help us 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.


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