The Asylum Clinic KC offers free legal consultations to anyone referred to us through one of our many partner organizations, both locally and nationwide. We prioritize offering representation to unaccompanied minors who are released from Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters around the country to sponsors in the Kansas City area. These children, although in removal proceedings, are often eligible to apply for asylum with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and they may also be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile status (for minors who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected). Since our founding, our clinic has provided legal consultations to over 105 individuals.
ACKC will accept various case types for full representation. We represent many young adults seeking Temporary Protected Status (TPS). We have partnered with Legal Aid’s Volunteer Attorney Project (VAP) to assist low-income legal permanent residents in applying for naturalization. We have also partnered with Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR) to coordinate pro se workshops for unrepresented asylum applicants who are unlikely to find representation but need assistance navigating their own cases. We hope to start up pro se clinics again in a post-pandemic future.
Pro Bono Placement Program:
We are currently expanding our pro bono case placement and mentorship capacity in order to amplify services. ACKC mentors local attorneys in their representation of children in State Court and Immigration Court, the first step in seeking SIJ classification. We currently have cases placed with local attorneys at both Stinson and Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN PROGRAM:
Our Unaccompanied Children Program, together with our sister organization, McCrummen Immigration Law Group, provides know-your-rights presentations and individual legal screenings to detained immigrant children in the Kansas City area. Unaccompanied children are children who have entered the U.S. without their parents and are placed in a group home or facility while awaiting reunification with a sponsor. Some of these children attend hearings in immigration court while they are detained. We strongly believe that no child should have to face immigration court without an attorney. We provide both representation for detained children and advocacy for children who have been released from detention.
The ABA Commission on Immigration created the above video as both a resource to unaccompanied minors and the lawyers representing them. This video displays a small glimpse of what it is like to undergo immigrant proceedings in the United States, and our intent to serving immigrant youth in our community.