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NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

September 17, 2014 (1 min read)

"New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services.  Three workers from the departments of Education and Health were sitting at a desk in the hallway of Immigration Court in downtown Manhattan this week in front of the room where unaccompanied children meet with pro bono lawyers.  In addition to legal help, the kids are assisted with school and health insurance enrollment.  Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, said it was the best way to connect the children to services.  “Instead of the kids having to go to the different agencies, the agencies would essentially come to them where they are,” she said." - Mirela Iverac, Sept, 16, 2014.