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.

Awarded Organizations by Fiscal Year

Submit any UUM related questions to UUMLegalServices@dss.ca.gov.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
California Department of Social Services
Immigration Services Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-9-33
Sacramento, CA 95814

Main Line

Immigration Services Funding ImmigrationServices@dss.ca.govUnaccompanied Undocumented Minors UUMLegalServices@dss.ca.gov

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