Legal assessments offered for children facing deportation in Atlanta

Unaccompanied children and teenagers facing deportation will be able to get free legal assessments at an Oct. 11 event at the Latin American Association in Atlanta.

The event is open to children who are under 18 and who are undergoing deportation proceedings in Atlanta’s Immigration Court. To participate, register in advance by calling Mariana Maneiro at the Latin American Association at 404-638-1832.

The following groups are organizing the event: Access to Law Foundation, Catholic Charities Atlanta, the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network and the Latin American Association, which is located at 2750 Buford Highway in Atlanta.

The organizers scheduled the event in response to the surge of Central American children who are fleeing deprivation and gang violence in their native countries and crossing the southwest border. During the first seven months of this year, the federal government placed 1,412 of these children in the care of sponsors living in Georgia.

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