I Represent Migrant Children in Immigration Court. This Is What It’s Like.

I stood in the back of the courtroom and observed the hearing. While part of me was stunned by the sight of a little girl alone in court, I had also grown accustomed to this familiar scene.

Op-Ed (New York)

Lauren Blodgett
July 26, 2018

Tags: Courts, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Safe Passage Project (NY)


The following week I officially became Layla’s attorney and began the process of helping her apply for asylum. Asylum is a protection for people who are afraid to return to their home country because they have faced serious harm in the past or will face serious harm in the future. In order for me to successfully represent Layla, I had to meet with her regularly to build trust and learn more details of her abuse. I worked closely with the Safe Passage social work team, who enrolled Layla in therapy and helped me navigate the difficult task of talking to a child about such sensitive matters.