Access to Health Care for Immigrant Children and Families

We will seek access to health care for uninsured immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

Our story

This project is a unique health-law-social service partnership that addresses access to health care for uninsured immigrant children, who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, by providing legal assistance with a humanitarian path to lawful permanent residence status, known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  As soon as eligible children apply for this status, they become immediately eligible for Medicaid and can access needed services.  The project provides immigration legal services in close coordination with community health clinics, schools, and social service agencies. This interdisciplinary model aims to meet the medical, mental health and legal needs of the youth and children that participate.

Undocumented immigrants who qualify for these humanitarian paths to lawful permanent residence are often unaware of their eligibility for legal status and access to Medicaid that stems from it.  The provision of immigration legal assistance that NMILC provides through partnerships with health advocates is a critical and necessary mechanism for reducing the number of uninsured and undocumented children. In addition, to increase access to health care, these services will increase economic security with increased access to employment authorization.

Why it matters?

Unaccompanied minors are a marginalized, often traumatized, and a severely under-served population.  This group of children is among the most vulnerable in the U.S: they lack immigration status, many have endured traumatic experiences, have fragile support networks, and face legal barriers to health care.

How will the funds be used?

NMILC will evaluate the impact of our services in priority areas addressed in this proposal through our sophisticated electronic case management system. The results we seek for uninsured immigrants is access to health insurance. The strategy that employ to achieve this goal is providing free immigration legal services to vulnerable children who qualify for humanitarian based status that leads to Medicaid eligibility. The performance measure that we use to quantify how well our program is doing is to identify the % of uninsured immigrants served who have pending or approved applications for status that leads to Medicaid eligibility. We have the capacity to track data on filed applications and approved status in our database.



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Patricia M Gallegos

Thank you for all the good work you do!

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John R Abeyta

Adelante! Keep up the good work!

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Alison Catalano

Keep rockin!

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Robert Oliver

Excellent video

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Anonymous

Pam is awesome!

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Ann Henderson

Go Karina!

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Jessica Gorelick

Amazing work! Good luck!

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Michael W Landau

Go NMILC!

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Patricia Abbott

Best of Luck... the Abbott's of North Marshfield, Ma.

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Si se puede!

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Nancy Bortinger

Jenny-Supporting you Nancy

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Loretta Ohmaye

Great work you all do!

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hope this helps!

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Benjamin Rubin

WOOT

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R D Lang

This is a very creative initiative that I hope will be successful.

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Elizabeth Cuna

Dream Team is with NMILC :)

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Jasmine Rashid

:)

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Valentina Watson

Gracias por ayudar mas!

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Melissa A Jameson

Taking care of vulnerable children should be the first job of everyone. Thank you all for redeeming the rest of us.

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Kenneth Bobroff

Go fight win!

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Donna Roxey

Great cause!

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Always be a blessing to others

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Rocio Gonzalez

Keep up the good work!

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Domonique Alcaraz

Great work & Good luck!

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Jenny - Always the rigth cause. Arie

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Great work Barbara!

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Maurice de Segovia

Si se puede!

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Douglas H Carver

Good luck! And thanks for all of your great work!

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Richard J.Rohr

Thank you for all you are doing for our children on the border and here!

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Hope you get the grant!

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good luck Jess!

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Adriel D. Orozco

So glad to be part of such an impactful organization!

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Elizabeth Hurst-Waitz

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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Keep up the good work!

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Go Team!

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Paola Peacock Friedrich

Congratulations on your amazing work!!!

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Keep up the good work, friends!

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Go, Team!

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The team

Jenny Landau

Eva Eitzen

Legal Director

Jessica Martin

Lauren Garrity

Staff Attorney

Collin Troy

Barbara Gomez

Legal Assistant

Liz Carrasco

Adriel Orozco

Immigrant Advocate

Karina Smyth

Carissa Aranda

Immigrant Advocate

Carla Nieto



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