Leading advocacy groups for immigrants are concerned that a local television report that provoked allegations of fraud in a special immigration program for abused or abandoned children could compromise the program.
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“We’re not seeing a new way of thinking about young people when it comes to homelessness from this administration,” Kimberly Forte, Supervising Attorney of the LGBT Advocacy Project, told the New York Times. “It’s incredibly disheartening.”
Carmen Torres, a Paralegal in the Manhattan Office of the Criminal Practice, is a recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Women of Excellence Award. Carmen will receive the award tomorrow during a reception at the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights.
Obtaining legal representation is only one hurdle faced by New York's unaccompanied immigrant children, Jojo Annobil, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society, told NBC News in a special report on these children who appear in New York's priority dockets, the Immigration Courts that handle these cases.
According to the New York Law Journal, a movement to treat 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as adolescents, not adults—an issue on the back burner in Albany for 50 years—has gained ground, and advocates of children are hoping to achieve their goal of success from this year's Legislature.
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