Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors
The Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) §13300-§13302 authorizes the California of Department of Social Services
(CDSS) to award funding to qualified nonprofit legal services organizations to provide legal services to eligible
Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUMs), as defined in Section 279(g)(2) of Title 6 of the United States Code, who
are present in California and transferred to the care and custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement
(ORR) or are residing with a sponsor.
The funding for legal services provided pursuant to WIC §13300-§13302 is for the sole purpose of providing legal
representation for UUMs in the filing of, preparation for and representation in administrative and/or judicial
proceedings for the following immigration statuses: asylum, T-Visa, U-Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
and/or other affirmative remedies. The legal services include culturally and linguistically appropriate services
provided by attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other support staff for state court proceedings, federal
immigration proceedings, and any appeals arising from those proceedings.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020/21 & 21/22 UUM Legal Services Funding Request for Application (RFA) period is now
open. Please see below for links to the RFA documents.