For decades, national service has been a cost-effective solution to critical challenges facing our communities and nation. Recognizing the value of national service in improving lives and strengthening communities, President Obama created the Task Force on Expanding National Service in July 2013 to expand national service to meet national needs through collaboration with other Federal agencies and the private sector.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Justice launched "justice AmeriCorps” to increase national service opportunities while enhancing the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings involving certain children who have crossed the U.S. Border without a parent or legal guardian.
The partnership is a grant program that will:
- Enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals as AmeriCorps members to provide legal services to the most vulnerable of these children,
- Help identify unaccompanied immigrant children who have been victims of human trafficking or abuse to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those who perpetrate such crimes on those children,
- Respond to Congress' direction to DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review "to better serve vulnerable populations such as children and improve court efficiency through pilot efforts aimed at improving legal representation."
The program will serve children:
- In the immigration court locations where grants are awarded,
- 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,
- Have not had their cases consolidated with removal proceedings against a parent or legal guardian.
Additional "justice AmeriCorps” resources: