Website The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Advocate for children’s best interests before government or other interested parties
  • Supervise volunteers appointed as Child Advocate for unaccompanied and separated children in federal custody in or near Houston and across the United States as needed
  • Serve as Child Advocate to a limited number of cases or as needed
  • Visit children as needed and communicate with caregivers, family members and stakeholders
  • Provide internal case consultation and case support involving the state, federal, and international best interests legal principles and immigration law for the Houston office
  • Support the local and national efforts to recruit, train, and retain volunteer Child Advocates
  • Participate in internal and external working groups
  • Meet regularly with local stakeholders (facility staff, immigration judges, ICE officers, and legal service providers); collaborate on presentations to local stakeholders; attend case staffings or other stakeholder meetings; and speak about the Child Advocate Program at local, regional, and national events
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders or organizations in the community
  • Assist the team in meeting case goals and other deliverables for the government contract and private grants
  • Assist with accurate and timely reports to the government, other funders, and internal Young Center departments regarding children served, case outcomes, and current trends
  • Participate in a supportive, collaborative work culture that allows for creative, thoughtful, high-quality, and effective interdisciplinary advocacy
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Program Director (Social Worker), consult with social worker colleagues to develop child-centered advocacy through a trauma-informed lens that identifies and advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children
  • Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and the Deputy Program Directors (Attorney and Social Worker), draft and submit best interests determinations to immigration judges, asylum officers, attorneys, and federal agencies, applying state, federal, and international law and incorporating social science research and social work best practices, including, but not limited to trauma informed and culturally sensitive approaches
  • Actively engage with colleagues and supervisors in developing and editing interdisciplinary best interests determinations
  • Accompany children to court hearings and interviews related to their immigration case
  • Under the supervision of the Deputy Program Director (Social Worker), assess which children may need additional supportive and/or mental health services and accompany them to appointments as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

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