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ABA Migrant Children and Family Initiative

Migrant Children
Children belong in homes not institutions The child migrant crisis began in 2014 with unprecedented numbers of children crossing the border without parents or guardians.  The crisis continues today, with nearly 3,000 children separated from their parents.  Although this is no longer policy, parents now face this heart wrenching decision: (1) return to unspeakable danger with your child even if you have a valid asylum claim, or (2) face separation or family incarceration.  Both are traumatic and detrimental to well-being of these families.   

The ABA Migrant Children and Family Initiative will help ensure that migrant parents and children do not face the immigration system alone without due process.  Your charitable support will provide justice for migrant children and families by:

  • Increasing representation by qualified counsel, which is crucial to ensure due process and access to justice. 
  • Building pro bono capacity through recruitment, training and mobilization of volunteer lawyers.
  • Organizing an alliance of providers at the national level to develop and share best practices, identify policy barriers, and ensure high standards of care.
  • Mounting policy advocacy initiatives in response to the fast-changing immigration law landscape.

 Learn more about how your gift makes this and other work to protect those whose rights are threatened possible.

 
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The public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association receive funding through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE).  The FJE was created to accept gifts and grants to support the ABA’s public service work.  The FJE qualifies as an exempt fund under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.