New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children and Members Hail Nationally Pathbreaking $3 Million Program for New Jersey’s Unaccompanied Minors and Other Immigrant Youth

The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children, as well as Kids in Need of Defense, American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, and Community Foundation of New Jersey, applaud New Jersey lawmakers for creating New Jersey’s first-ever state-funded program to provide legal representation and case management to unaccompanied minors and similarly situated immigrant youth. The Read more…

Consortium Youth Mental Health Advocates at the New Jersey Senate Highlight the Costs of Excluding Undocumented Children from Insurance

Trenton, New Jersey — The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children welcomes the commitment of Sen. Joseph Vitale and other legislators to expanding insurance to undocumented children, and applauds its youth leaders, members, and coalition partners who testified as S3798 was voted out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. The Consortium’s Mental Health Advocates Sergio Read more…

Consortium and 400+ Signatories Urge Biden Administration to take Immediate Action to Protect Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Immigrant Youth from Deportation

On May 20, 2021, the Consortium, together with its partners in the SIJS Backlog Coalition and a total of over 400 immigrant rights organizations, academic experts, and law firms, sent a letter to Biden Administration officials urging changes to protect Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)-eligible youth from deportation. SIJS is a visa program that Congress created to allow children Read more…

Consortium Wins 2021 Project Innovation Challenge Grant to Ensure South Jersey Communities Can Benefit from DACA

We are thrilled to announce that the Consortium has been selected as a winner of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s 2021 Project Innovation Grant Challenge. Through Project Innovation, the Foundation will grant $3.5 million this year to non-profits that are strengthening communities through innovative solutions. The Foundation’s support will allow the Consortium to expand our outreach and education efforts in Read more…

Consortium Teams Up With Rutgers Law School Clinics for Statewide Survey on Access to Justice for Immigrant Children and Families

The New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children is working with law school clinics at the Camden and Newark campuses of Rutgers Law School on a statewide survey on the unmet legal needs of immigrant children and youth in New Jersey. In the last four years, immigrant communities across the country have endured heightened levels of immigration enforcement, and with immigration of Read more…

Consortium Calls on Governor Murphy to Put Medicaid Expansion for Undocumented and Uninsured Kids in 2022 Budget

Update: Due to pressure from New Jersey community members and organizations, Governor Murphy has designated $20 million for Cover All Kids — an important first step towards establishing this program to cover 88,000 uninsured youth, and ultimately to move towards Healthcare for All. The ball is now in legislators’ court. The Consortium urges them to swiftly pass both the Read more…

Consortium Joins 46 New Jersey Organizations Defending the Immigrant Trust Directive Before the Third Circuit

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Consortium joined a friend-of the-court brief, with our partner the ACLU of New Jersey, urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to uphold the Immigrant Trust Directive, a lawful, important policy to keep New Jersey safer and healthier for immigrant communities. The Directive protects immigrant communities by limiting the collaboration Read more…

Consortium Pushes Back Against Harmful Immigration Regulations Making Courts Less Accessible to Immigrant Youth

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, the Consortium submitted two comments to the federal government’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) challenging proposed regulations that would remove safeguards for many immigrants in court, including young immigrant seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) seeking asylum. The Consortium is concerned Read more…

Consortium Joins Amicus Brief Defending the Right of Abused and Abandoned Immigrant Youth to Stay in the United States

On December 2, 2020, the Consortium joined its sister organizations from across the country on an amicus brief before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opposing the Trump Administration’s efforts to deport abused and abandoned immigrant youth from the United States. The case, JLPP v. Barr, exemplifies the Trump Administration’s attempts to undermine the purpose Read more…

Consortium Presses Elected Officials to Support Immigrants and Communities of Color Around the 2020 Election

On Thursday, October 29, the Consortium and community partners released a sign-on letter to local elected officials across the state of New Jersey calling for local leaders to address threats to immigrants and people of color between the election and the inauguration: Earlier in the month, the Consortium hosted two pre-election planning sessions focused on supporting the immigrant community Read more…