Expanding legal advocacy to increase the access of immigrant and refugee children to education and health services

Data show that 19 percent of the population in Hartford, Connecticut, are foreign born. Eight percent of Hartford students have been in the U.S. for fewer than three years, and Hartford has the highest percentage of children in the state (52 percent) who live in homes where English is not the primary language.The Center for Children's Advocacy (CCA) recognizes that poverty, education, and environmental issues affect the potential of these children to succeed and thrive in their new environment. The purpose of this project is to implement an Immigrant and Refugee New Arrivals Advocacy Project to improve the health of immigrant and refugee children through activities that increase their access to education and health care and decrease stressors that negatively affect their health. This program builds on evidence-based, medical-legal models to ensure that the educational or health care rights of new immigrant and refugee children are being met and to address rights violations. The CCA will partner with two organizations, Catholic Charities' Migration & Refugee Services and Jubilee House, to identify children with legal needs. Both organizations have extensive experience providing resettlement, case management and outreach services to refugees and immigrants.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $255,015.00

Awarded on: 2/8/2008

Time frame: 2/15/2008 - 2/14/2011

Grant Number: 63239


Center for Children's Advocacy

65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, 06105-2259


Jay Sicklick
Project Director