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Keeping Kids Out of Foster Care

Examining the role that civil legal services programs can take to help families involved in the child protection system.


Breaking Down Barriers for African-American Girls

A new report takes a comprehensive look at the education roadblocks faced by black girls.

Update: J.E.F.M. v. Holder

J.E.F.M. is an historic nationwide class action seeking court-appointed counsel for children in removal/deportation proceedings.


Articles »

An Urgent Need: Unaccompanied Children and Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings

By Annie Chen

Unaccompanied minors without lawful immigration status in the United States face the threat of deportation and desperately need access to competent attorneys that can help them navigate the U.S. legal system.

Unequal Access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: State Court Adjudication of One-Parent Cases

By Meghan Johnson and Kele Stewart

Whether facts of abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one parent alone are sufficient to make one of the required SIJS findings has been subject to divergent interpretations by state courts and has yielded disparate results.

Undocumented Parenting: Immigration Status as a Proxy for Parental Fitness

By Marcia Zug

Family and juvenile courts and child welfare agencies routinely express the belief that a parent's undocumented status means the parent is, by definition, unfit, without any additional evidence, despite immigration law's presumption that deported parents retain custody of their children.

Sound Advice »

audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part III

By Frank Cervone

Lourdes Rosado interviews Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, about how the center has built a large support system for children by combining full-time advocates with pro bono attorneys. (18:21 min)

audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part II

By Prof. Don Duquette

In the second installment of the series, hear as Lourdes Rosado interviews Professor Don Duquette about his experiences starting and building the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan. (16:53 min)

audio Lessons from Juvenile Clients

By Brent Pattison

Listen as Professor Brent Pattison and current law student and former foster-care child Lori Bullock discuss three critiques of legal representation brought forth by young people who are in the child-welfare system. (7:56 min)

Roundtables »

audio Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Alone in the Courts

The number of unaccompanied immigrant youth who arrive with no adult at our borders is skyrocketing with approximately 24,000 youth detained in 2012, more than three times the number of youth detained in 2008. These children have no right to a lawyer. (00:59:14)

audio Alternatives to School Discipline: A New Frontier in Students' Rights

School districts are increasingly implementing alternative approaches to school discipline in response to the backlash on exclusionary practices that disparately impact students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged minority groups. (01:03:37)

Announcements »

Webinar on Debunking the Myths: Public Accessibility of Juvenile Delinquency Records

Visit our Programs & Materials page for our latest teleconference focusing on the accessibility of juvenile delinquency records.

Directory Updates

We are in the process of updating the ABA Directory of Children's Law Programs. Contact Committee Director Cathy Krebs if you have any updates.

The Educational Civil Rights Accountability Project

The CRLC would welcome your involvement in this project focused on derailing the school-to-prison pipeline. Visit the website for more information.

Children's Rights Litigation Leadership


Committee Cochairs

Committee Director/
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Web Editors

Rosa Hirji

Los Angeles, CA

Ira Lustbader

New York, NY

Lourdes M. Rosado

Philadelphia, PA

Catherine Krebs

Washington, D.C.

Marlene Sallo

Washington, D.C.

Jen Baum

New York, New York