Fall 2016 Senior Lecture Series -
Tuesdays 11:10am in Room 4202 @ St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street /Brooklyn)
Co-Directors Fall 2016 Profs. Athena Devlin (American Studies) + Emily Horowitz (Sociology)
Events Sponsored By: American Studies, History, Crime & Popular Culture, Peace & Justice, Provost’s Office, Sociology & Criminal Justice and the Women’s Center
11/29: Challenges Facing Unaccompanied Child Immigrants to the US: A Legal Perspective
A lawyer from KIND will discuss the challenges facing unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone. KIND’s mission is to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. They work to achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being. Unaccompanied children apprehended at the border face deportation proceedings; the majority must make their claim for protection without a lawyer. The result: children can be sent back to situations where their well-being, and even their lives, are in danger. The majority of the children KIND serves have fled severe violence in their home countries. Many have been threatened or attacked by gangs, abandoned, abused, exploited, or trafficked. They come seeking safety, but find new challenges in the U.S.