Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project

Through the Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project, we help vulnerable children obtain protection under our immigrations laws, including defense in removal proceedings. We seek Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, abandoned and neglected children, who are placed in foster care or with a guardian.  We also assist children who have been victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking.  We partner with social service agencies, pro bono attorneys and the Support Center for Child Advocates in representing these children.  Through our Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project, we organize a five county Immigant Youth Coalition, which supports service providers who work with immigrant youth.

HIAS Pennsylvania may be able to provide legal representation to unaccompanied children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by their parents, either in their home country or in the United States.  If you are a social worker, foster care provider, school teacher, child advocate/guardian ad litem, or someone who knows a child who may need legal assistance in obtaining immigration status, please fill out the Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Referral Form and fax it to Elizabeth Yaeger at (215) 832-0919 or


We also work with children in immigration detention facilities, providing education and legal referrals:

Learn about the Know Your Rights Program


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