The Executive Office of Immigration Review or EOIR (DOJ) and the Corp. for National and Community Service (CNCS) are jointly sponsoring a new $2 million initiative, Justice AmeriCorps, to improve the efficient and effective adjudication of immigration court proceedings involving unaccompanied children.
(Comment Deadline: June 2)
The grantees will enroll lawyers and paralegals to serve as AmeriCorps members providing legal services to this vulnerable population. Specifically, the program is intended to provide legal services to children under the age of 16 who meet certain criteria including: (1) are not in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS) or the Department of Homeland Security; (2) have received a Notice to Appear in removal proceedings before EOIR; and (3) have not had their cases consolidated with removal proceedings against a parent or legal guardian.
EOIR and CNCS expect to issue approximately $2 million in grant awards with a total of 100 lawyers and paralegals enrolled as AmeriCorps members. State and local governments, public and private colleges and universities and nonprofits can apply for funding awards.
Contact: Questions, Americorpsgrants@cns.gov