Supporting Immigrant Students and Their Families


The Rights of Immigrant Students 

Resources for Latino and Undocumented Families:

As School Social Workers who advocate for policy change, we have also included samples of district level resolutions to consider.  As districts review policy and guidelines  in supporting immigrant students and their families, be sure to “be at the table” during these discussions to include the vital role of the School Social Worker.

Establishing School Policies to Protect Immigrant Students

School districts across the country have been issuing resolutions and updating policies to protect students’ rights in light of possible federal immigration enforcement activities in their schools.

Click here for web page of Resources, Articles and Sample Policies.

Legal Advocates

  •  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)   “CLINIC tackles problems faced by low-income immigrants and our member agencies that can only be resolved through advocacy, education, pro bono representation, litigation, and media. CLINIC’s Advocacy section identifies legal trends and issues affecting immigrants and pursues responsive solution.”
  • ImmigrationLawHelp. is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 FREE or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are BIA recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory. Users can search [this site] by state, zip code, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided.  Source: Immigration Advocates Network
  • Kids in Need of Defense     “KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. ” “KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child’s best interests, safety, and well-being.”
  • The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • The National Immigration Law Center      The National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. The center envisions a United States in which all people—regardless of their race, gender, or immigration or economic status—are treated equally, fairly and humanely; have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities; and are able to achieve their full potential as human beings.
  • New York Legal Service Providers    View our directory of low-cost legal service providers. Search the directory by specialty, by languages spoken or region using the filter   Source:  New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers     To search nationally, click hereSource:  U.S. Department of Justice

Supporting Immigrant Student Resources:  NYSSSWA Membership Dollars At Work

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