LA School Board OKs Attorneys To Offer Free Legal Aid To Students At Risk Of Deportation
February 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Staff attorneys with the Los Angeles Unified School District will be allowed to voluntarily provide free legal services to unaccompanied minors who live within the district and are facing the threat of deportation.
The school board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approved the program, which was sparked by the arrival in the United States of thousands of children from El Salvador, Honduras and other countries last year.
An estimated 3,000 of the those underage refugees are living in Los Angeles County, with many of them having enrolled in LAUSD schools, according to district officials. Most of the children are between 15 and 17 years of age, with some as young as 5 years old.