Lenni Benson Quoted in New York Times Article: “To Help Unaccompanied Minors, New York City Posts Representatives at Immigration Court”

Safe Passage, September 17, 2014


The hundreds of children who recently arrived in New York City from Central America have encountered a justice system that appears more forgiving than many faced by their counterparts elsewhere. […]

But challenges mount outside the courtroom, beginning with the seemingly mundane obligations of registering for school and securing health care. Many young immigrants remain unaware of the available support or are afraid to seek it out […]

Lenni Benson, director of the New York Law School Safe Passage Project, recalled a city representative recently offering to search for the right phone number on Google when a child from upstate asked how to register for school.

“Maybe they could do a little bit more,” Ms. Benson said, referring to the representative.”

Article by Benjamin Mueller

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/17/nyregion/to-help-unaccompanied-minors-city-posts-representatives-at-immigration-court.html?emc=eta1&_r=0