Careers

 

Staff Attorney (Phoenix, Arizona)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

The children served by the Young Center have all been apprehended by immigration authorities and placed in federal detention for children. Some of the children are still in detention, while others may be released to sponsors in the community. In addition, most of the children are in removal (deportation) proceedings and must, therefore, appear in immigration court. Young Center Child Advocates do not act in the capacity of immigration attorney; when a child has an immigration attorney, that attorney represents the child’s legal (stated) interests while the Child Advocate submits recommendations as to the child’s best interests.  

 

Staff Attorney (Harlingen, Texas)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

 

Staff Attorney (Houston, Texas)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

 

Social Worker (San Antonio, Texas)

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Social Worker to be based in San Antonio. This social worker will be hired as part of the Young Center’s Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project to work on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities. The Social Worker will be appointed as the independent Child Advocate in some of these cases and also will supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in custody in the San Antonio area. In addition, the Social Worker will provide internal case consultations on child welfare, child development, and trauma for colleagues in both the San Antonio and Harlingen offices.

 

Board of Directors

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago seeks two new Board members. Our Board is comprised of a dedicated group of people who are active in the governance of the organization. We are looking for candidates who share our passion for advocating for immigrant children who come to the U.S. on their own. We have a specific need for a Board member with Human Resources experience.