The Asylum Clinic KC offers free legal consultations to anyone referred to us through one of our many partner organizations, local 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 first at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and 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.
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.