On any given day, there are approximately 1,700 immigrant children detained in Arizona. In a system that denies immigrants the right to a public defender, regardless of their age, quality representation makes all the difference for these young people.
Many of the children we work with were abused, abandoned or neglected before coming to the U.S. They are:
- Unaccompanied children under 18 years old who have crossed the border or been apprehended by immigration authorities without a parent or guardian
- Held in children’s detention facilities under the control of the Office of Refugee Resettlement