justice AmeriCorps Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

NOFA/NOFO End Date: 
Tue, 07/22/2014
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Table of Contents

I. Press Release 
II. Application Deadline
III. Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions
IV. Performance Measure Instructions
V. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
VI. Technical Assistance

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which operates the AmeriCorps national service program, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), are entering into a strategic partnership to increase national service while facilitating the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings involving certain children who have crossed the border without a parent or legal guardian.  
The program will serve children in the immigration court locations where grants are awarded, and will be limited to children under the age of 16 who are not in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement or the Department of Homeland Security; who have received a notice to appear in removal proceedings before an immigration court; and have not had their cases consolidated with removal proceedings against a parent or legal guardian. 
Programs must be located in Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Bloomington, MN; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; El Paso, TX; Hartford, CT; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Memphis, TN; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Omaha, NE; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA.
EOIR expects that the program will serve several valuable goals.  It will lead to greater efficiencies in immigration proceedings involving these children.  It will respond to Congress’ direction to EOIR “to better serve vulnerable populations such as children [and to] improve court efficiency through pilot efforts aimed at improving legal representation.”  And it will help identify unaccompanied alien children who have been victims of human trafficking or abuse, and the investigation and prosecution of those who perpetrate such crimes on the most vulnerable among us.  

Application Deadline

Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Please refer to the Notice for instructions.

Application Deadline: Applications are due Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00PM Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be notified by late September 2014.

Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions

Applicants must review both the Notice of Funding Opportunity including the Appendices and the Grant Application Instructions in order to fully understand the application requirements. Applicants must apply using eGrants, our web-based application system. Below are the materials

Performance Measures Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Technical Assistance

Calls will be conducted in a standard format that includes a brief overview and a questions and answers session. All calls will be recorded. Replay information for each call will be posted within a day following the call.

Please be advised dates and times can be changed.

Technical Assistance Call 1

June 17, 2014 
Replay number: 866-372-3817

Technical Assistance Call 2

July 1, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Call number: 888-455-7455 
Participant Passcode: justice AC 
Replay number: 800-873-2072 (available after completion of call)
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