National Immigration Legal Services Directory

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago

  • Location:
    6020 S. University Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone:
    (773) 702-9560
  • Fax:
    (773) 702-2063
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Phone calls
  • Appointments accepted:
    Yes

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights serves as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem) to unaccompanied and separated immigrant children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2008. The Young Center has offices in Chicago, Illinois; New York/New Jersey area; Houston, Texas; Washington, DC; and Harlingen, Texas. The mission of the Young Center is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied children with due regard to the child's expressed wishes according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Young Center also does policy work to pursue the creation of a juvenile immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well being of every child, and which recognizes immigrant children as children, with vulnerabilities, rights, and protections all their own.

State served: Illinois

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Other areas of legal assistance: Family & Juvenile
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Department of Justice (DOJ)/Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded services for trafficking victims, Legislative advocacy (state or national), Office Of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded services for trafficking victims, Referrals to other services, Social services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No