CARECEN’s Child Refugee Program Close to Overload

March 6, 2015

unaccompanied childThe Child Refugee influx over the summer was never a crisis for Long Island, but it is a crisis for the children, their families, and the people trying to serve them.

We currently have two full time lawyers on staff serving these children. You may have seen a press conference in our office two weeks ago reported on in Newsday on the funding of the second position. We are doing full representation intakes for at least 15 new children each week. Typically a single attorney can represent 40 such cases in a year, so you can see that we will exceed existing capacity for the two lawyers by the end of March. We currently have more than 60 children who have full representation intakes already scheduled for the remainder of March.

CARECEN also has one of the attorneys spend every Friday at the Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan to speak to the children from Long Island before they go in for their first appearance before an immigration judge. The lawyer orients them to the legal system,advises the children on their rights, and begins the process of matching the child up with legal services. This work is done in coordination with a group of non-profit organizations put together by the New York Immigration Coalition.

The arrivals of new Central American Child Refugees at the border has returned to pre-2014 levels, however, children continue to arrive on Long Island from shelters and detention facilities around the United States. And, in spite of the publicity around the “Rocket Docket” which supposedly scheduled children in court within weeks of their arrest, in fact we are seeing that a majority of the children coming in have are scheduled for court appointments in March of this year even though they were taken into custody by the Border Patrol in August or September.

Even the children who have had their first appearance in court do not have new hearings until this Spring or early Summer. The legal process has just begun for nearly all of them.


CARECEN 30th Anniversary Dinner

November 20, 2013

The Central American Refugee Center – CARECEN (NY)
Cordially invites you to join us
for an evening of fine food and good cheer
to celebrateo ur
o’30Y earso f Advocacya nd Servicet o the L. I. Immigrant CommuniQr”
ThursdayoN ovember2 lr 2013a t 6:30 PM
Verdi’s of Westbury, 680 Old Country Rd., Westbtry, NY
Tickets: $80 per person Table of 10: $675 Wine & Beer gratis
Proceeds to benefit CARECEN’s advocacy and services for L.I. immigrants & refugees
RSVP by November 15, 2013 (516) 489-8330 or (631) 273-8759
mircare cen@yahoo.com kencare cen@yahoo.com
HONORING
Robert Keeler
Former lt{ewsdayE ditorial Writer, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Susan Hagedorn
Filmmaker & Founder of Seedworks Films, Nursing Advocate & Philanthropist
Gregory Maney Gilda Ramos
Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University Award-Winning Latino Community Paralibrarian
Mirna Cort6s-Obers
CARECEN Community Development Director


CARECEN 30th Anniversary Dinner

November 20, 2013

The Central American Refugee Center – CARECEN (NY)
Cordially invites you to join us
for an evening of fine food and good cheer
to celebrateo ur
o’30Y earso f Advocacya nd Servicet o the L. I. Immigrant CommuniQr”
ThursdayoN ovember2 lr 2013a t 6:30 PM
Verdi’s of Westbury, 680 Old Country Rd., Westbtry, NY
Tickets: $80 per person Table of 10: $675 Wine & Beer gratis
Proceeds to benefit CARECEN’s advocacy and services for L.I. immigrants & refugees
RSVP by November 15, 2013 (516) 489-8330 or (631) 273-8759
mircare cen@yahoo.com kencare cen@yahoo.com
HONORING
Robert Keeler
Former lt{ewsdayE ditorial Writer, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Susan Hagedorn
Filmmaker & Founder of Seedworks Films, Nursing Advocate & Philanthropist
Gregory Maney Gilda Ramos
Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University Award-Winning Latino Community Paralibrarian
Mirna Cort6s-Obers
CARECEN Community Development Director


CARECEN 30th Anniversary Dinner

November 20, 2013

ImageThe Central American Refugee Center – CARECEN (NY)
Cordially invites you to join us
for an evening of fine food and good cheer
to celebrateo ur
o’30Y earso f Advocacya nd Servicet o the L. I. Immigrant CommuniQr”
ThursdayoN ovember2 lr 2013a t 6:30 PM
Verdi’s of Westbury, 680 Old Country Rd., Westbtry, NY
Tickets: $80 per person Table of 10: $675 Wine & Beer gratis
Proceeds to benefit CARECEN’s advocacy and services for L.I. immigrants & refugees
RSVP by November 15, 2013 (516) 489-8330 or (631) 273-8759
mircare cen@yahoo.com kencare cen@yahoo.com
HONORING
Robert Keeler
Former lt{ewsdayE ditorial Writer, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Susan Hagedorn
Filmmaker & Founder of Seedworks Films, Nursing Advocate & Philanthropist
Gregory Maney Gilda Ramos
Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University Award-Winning Latino Community Paralibrarian
Mirna Cort6s-Obers
CARECEN Community Development Director


CARECEN 30th Anniversary Gala

November 20, 2013

ImageThe Central American Refugee Center – CARECEN (NY)
Cordially invites you to join us
for an evening of fine food and good cheer
to celebrateo ur
o’30Y earso f Advocacya nd Servicet o the L. I. Immigrant CommuniQr”
ThursdayoN ovember2 lr 2013a t 6:30 PM
Verdi’s of Westbury, 680 Old Country Rd., Westbtry, NY
Tickets: $80 per person Table of 10: $675 Wine & Beer gratis
Proceeds to benefit CARECEN’s advocacy and services for L.I. immigrants & refugees
RSVP by November 15, 2013 (516) 489-8330 or (631) 273-8759
mircare cen@yahoo.com kencare cen@yahoo.com
HONORING
Robert Keeler
Former lt{ewsdayE ditorial Writer, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Susan Hagedorn
Filmmaker & Founder of Seedworks Films, Nursing Advocate & Philanthropist
Gregory Maney Gilda Ramos
Professor of Sociology at Hofstra University Award-Winning Latino Community Paralibrarian
Mirna Cort6s-Obers
CARECEN Community Development Director


Welcome

November 25, 2012

ImageHi, I’m Patrick Young. I am Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law where I also help run the Immigration Law Clinic. I am an attorney with the Central American Refugee Center and Immigration Policy Analyst for the New York State Immigrant Action Fund.

I write history articles for The Immigrants’ Civil War.

I write about the politics of immigration and about immigration on Long Island.

If you want to read my book reviews, they are here.


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