AIJ awarded the Paul C. Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award
FOR ITS WORK TO HELP REUNITE children in immigration detention centers with their families, Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ) has been awarded the Paul C. Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award. The award, which is given biannually, recognizes high quality legal representation and systemic legal advocacy for Florida’s low-income children by programs that receive Children’s Legal Services grants from The Florida Bar Foundation. For more than 20 years, AIJ has been the only agency providing legal services to children detained in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters in South Florida. These shelters are normally populated with unaccompanied minors, but in 2018, there was a sudden shift. The majority of the children were now separated minors, many under the age of eight. AIJ successfully reunited 100 of 120 children with their families. From the left are the Foundation’s Kathy McLeroy and AIJ’s Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, Angeliki Bouliakis Andronis, Janette Vargas, Alexandra Manrique, and Rosario Paz.