Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth: Excluded from Food Security

MFJ Staff Attorney Ernie Collette exposes the challenges faced by unaccompanied immigrant youth in securing government assistance for food benefits in this article in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. While many of the thousands of young people arriving in the New York area seek and qualify for immigration relief through asylum, protection as a victim of human trafficking, or aid through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, their access to food stamps and other government assistance depends on the type of immigration relief they secure and what step their application is in.