September 26, 2017
Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors joins a growing list of California institutions that are taking action to protect immigrants in the state. The Board has set aside funding for multiple legal aid organizations to represent unaccompanied child refugees through the country’s complicated immigration court system. According to a report by research group Child Trends, “children make up the largest proportion of refugees entering the U.S. In 2015, more than half of all refugees were younger than 18 and the majority of them fled violence, poverty and war in their home countries.”
Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, the Justice and Diversity Center, and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley are all set to receive a substantial increase to the funding they’re already receiving from the Board. The additional funding will provide needed legal services to child refugees. Services will include guiding the children through the process of qualifying for relief and petitioning the federal government for special immigration status that prevents deportation.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), Justice and Diversity Center (JDC), Law Foundation of Silicon Valley