Finding a lawyer a huge obstacle for asylum seekers in Chicago

In Chicago immigration court, which has seen almost 1,500 cases of women with children since last year, less than 14 percent are represented by a lawyer. That’s less than half the national rate for this group. Legal representation is critical. Women and children with an attorney are 16 times more likely to be allowed to stay in the U.S. than those without an attorney.

Advocates urge more mental health services for unaccompanied immigrant children

Unaccompanied minors face temporary displacement, language barriers and other challenges that can lead to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious mental health problems, according to research. Advocates say more services, such as talk therapy and support groups, are needed to help them deal with the stress and trauma they have experienced.