Volunteer Opportunities


Represent Immigrant Children


National Immigrant Justice Center


Can be done anywhere



Special Immigrant Juvenile status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. To seek SIJS, the child must first obtain a state court order finding that the child has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents; and that it is not in the child’s best interest to return to his or her country of origin. This order is typically made in the context of a guardianship or custody petition.

Volunteer attorneys meet with the child and child's parent/guardian on numerous occasions, draft the relevant documents, prepare the client for court, and develop legal arguments. NIJC provides ongoing training and technical support for volunteers.

NIJC provides training materials and on-going support to volunteers. Live trainings are provided based on need and demand.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Anna Sears at ansears@heartlandalliance.org or 312-660-1307.

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About the organization

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The National Immigrant Justice Center provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.Our staff of attorneys and paralegals are ready to provide immigration legal help to:

  • Immigrants applying for family-based permanent resident status and citizenship
  • Survivors or witnesses of violence seeking U visas
  • Individuals applying for Temporary Protected Status or NACARA
  • Immigrant survivors of human trafficking
  • Individuals facing deportation
  • Asylum seekers
  • LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants fleeing persecution
  • Detained immigrant adults and children
  • DACA and other humanitarian relief
  • NIJC charges income-based fees for some consultations and services.