MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Attorneys with the Cuban American Bar Association have been giving their services free of charge to dozens of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border and were sent to Florida.
More than 63,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the U.S. border this year. Without a lawyer representing them, few will have any chance of winning a request for asylum or other protection.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
The group has mobilized attorneys from across the state, but association attorney Ricardo Martinez-Cid said many more lawyers are needed.
The association’s attorneys have interviewed more than 200 children and placed at least 80 with pro bono lawyers. Nearly a dozen of those youth have received permanent residency.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
The effort is among many pro bono projects nationwide to help the influx of youth fleeing gangs, abuse and poverty in Central America.
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