Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Resources for Unaccompanied Minors


Over the past few months, thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America (namely Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) are fleeing to the United States, escaping high incidences of poverty and gang violence in their home countries. In response, Mayor Garcetti has pledged his support (link to news article) to help provide humanitarian treatment for these minors.

Here are some facts about these minors:

  • By the end of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects the number of unaccompanied immigrant minors in the U.S. to reach 90,000.
  • As minors, they are taken under custody by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and placed in temporary shelters throughout the country.  After screening, they are put under legal guardianship of their respective sponsors while they await court proceedings. 
  • There are currently 1,993 unaccompanied minors residing with sponsors in Los Angeles County.
  • 90% of minors are reunited with a family member.
  • As they are awaiting court proceedings and no longer under the custody of HHS, these minors are reunited with a family member. Yet, due to their unique circumstances, they are often in great need of both social and legal resources.

The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs has created the following strategy to address this issue:

  1. Convenings: Convened local stakeholders from the philanthropic, non-profit, government, legal, and religious communities to coordinate efforts to address the impact of these unaccompanied minors to the local Los Angeles area.
  2. Relief Fund: Created a fund (LINK) for unaccompanied minors with the Weingart Foundation, California Community Foundation, and The California Endowment that will provide funding and organization to provide social and legal resources to Central American communities.
  3. Partnered with the Salvation Army together with the city of Los Angeles Emergency Management Team and the Mayor’s Office to create an in-kind donation drive.
  4. Developed a list of resources which will be distributed to local youth here and can be accessed online.


There are many resources available to unaccompanied immigrant minors and their families:







Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Rosalind Oliver

400 S. Hope St, 8th Floor

Holland & Knight LLP, KIND-LA

Los Angeles, CA 9007

(213) 896-2515


Esperanza Legal Immigrants Project

Eric Mendoza

1530 James M. Wood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 251-3540


American Civil Liberties Union


1313 W. 8th Street

Los Angeles CA 90017

(213) 977-9500


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Foundation (MALDEF)


634 S. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014 

(213) 629-2512


Salvadorean Legal Aid Fund (SALEF)

Guillermo Giron

Ever Hillerprandt

1625 W Olympic Blvd suite 718, Los Angeles, CA 90015



Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Daniel Sharp

(Legal Director) 

Alan Barkhordar

2845 West 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 385-7800


Consulado General de Mexico en Los Angeles

Patricia Perez-Galeana

2401 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

(213) 368-2732

Immigration Center for Children and Women

Nickole Miller

634 S Spring St,

Suite 727

Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 614-1165

International Institute of Los Angeles

Beeta Aminitehrani 

Alicia Crescencio-Robles

435 S. Boyle Ave #09

Los Angeles, CA 90033

(818) 244-2550 ext.



International Rescue Committee

Martin Zogg 

Biljana Debogovic

625 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 937-2860


LA Center for Law and Justice

Michelle Carey 

Angela McNair Turner

1241 S. Soto St.

Suite 102

Los Angeles, CA 90023

(323) 980-3500 x 30


California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. David Farley, Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries

110 S Euclid Ave
Pasadena, CA


Southwestern Law School, Immigration Law Clinic *Space is limited

Julia Vazquez

3050 Wilshire Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 738-5574


USCRI at International Institute of LA

Daliah Ulloa

3800 La Crescenta Avenue, Suite #201

Glendale, CA 91214

(323) 987-8286


USCRI at Children's Bureau

Nancy Hernandez

50 S. Anaheim Blvd.


Anaheim, CA 92805;

(949) 599 -8496

Catholic Immigration Services


1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90015

(213) 251-3411



Public Counsel

Judy London (Directing Attorney) 

Katka Werth (Staff Attorney

610 S. Ardmore Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 385-2977


Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

Michael Ortiz (Special Counsel) 

Daliah Setareh (Senior Attorney) 

Carolina Sheinfeld (Project Coordinator)

Nancy Reyes (Senior Attorney) 

Dominique Quevedo(Staff Attorney)

Phong Wong (Pro Bono Director)


1102 S. Crenshaw

Los Angeles, CA



West Office



East Office



Long Beach Office

(562) 435-3501


Esperanza Legal Immigrants Project

Lindsay Toczylowski

Carolina Garza de Luna 

Megan Vees

Javier Miranda Jr.

1530 James M. Wood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 251-3565




Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California


1145 Wilshire Bl. Floor 2. Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 977-7500


El Rescate Legal Services


1340 S Bonnie St. Los Angeles, CA 90006

(213) 387-3284



Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Mary Mucha

300 N Los Angeles St. Ste: 3107 Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 485-1873/ Intake pone: (213) 485-1873

Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic

Emely Robinson, Marissa Montes, Kathleen Kim

919 Albany St. Suite, Cassasa 101, Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 736-8136 or (213) 736-8138


International rescue Committee

Martin Zogg, Biljana Debogovic

625 N Maryland Avenue Glendale, CA 91206

(818) 937-2860


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Administration for Children and Families


901 D Street, SW Washington, DC 20447

(202) 401-9246



Southwestern Law School, Immigration Law Clinic

Julia Vazquez

3050 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 738-5574


Children’s Institute, Inc


711 New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 385-5100

Los Angeles Child Guidance Center


3787 Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90007

(323) 766-2345 or (323) 221-4134










Mexican Consulate


2401 West 6th. Street, Los Angeles CA 90057

213-351-6800 x 2518

Salvadoran Consulate

Julio Martinez, Consul de Proteccion Consular

3450 Wilshire Bvld. Suite # 250 Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 864-6446


Consulado General de Guatemala Los Angeles

Pablo Cesar Garcia Sanchez

3540 Wilshire Bl. Suite 1000

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213)- 365-9251

Consulado General de Honduras Los Angeles


3550 Wilshire Bl. Suite 320 Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 992-6406


State and Local Social Services 







California Community Foundation (CCF)

Steve Reyes

221 S. Figueroa St. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 413-4130

Jovenes Inc.

Luis Medina

Guadalupe Redolledo

1208 Pleasant Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 260-8035 Ex. 102

Ex. 101

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

Angie Lopez

357 S. Weslake Ave Los Angeles, CA 900575


Catholic Charities Central Intake Unit


4322 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, California 91204

(818) 502-2002

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program

Anita Lim

1530 James M. Wood Bld. Los Angeles, California 90015

(213) 251-3411 (213) 251-3514


Medical Services







Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Dr. Susie Baldwin

313 N. Figueroa St, Room 127, Los Angeles, 90012

(213) 989 -  7028


Maternal and Child Health Access

Soledad Cisneros

1200 N. State Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

(213) 749-4261

UMMA Community Clinic

Jacky Provos

711 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044

(323) 406-5784

Fremont Wellness Center

Shellen Price

7821 S. Avalon Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90003

(323) 789-5610

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center


808 W. 58th St. Los Angeles, CA 90037

(323) 541-1600

Psychological Services







Program for Torture Victims (PTV)


3655 S. Grand Ave.

Suite 290

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 747-4944

LA County Dept. of Mental Health Transitional Age Youth Division

Christi Acosta

550 S. Vermont Ave 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 494-8675


Education Services








LAUSD- People’s Services


333 S Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 241-3844


All students can enrolled at the school where they are residing, no matter their immigration status.

All Peoples Community Center

Julia Huerta

822 E. 20th St. Los Angeles, CA 90011

(213) 747-6357

El Santo Nino Community Services Center

Elisabeth Soriano

601 East 23rd St. Los Angele, California 90011

(213) 748-5246


Clothing & Goods







Salvation Army


906 Francisco St
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 896-9178

Schools on Wheels Inc.

Matt Raab, (Program Director) 

Catherine Meek (Executive Director)

83 S Palm Street

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 798-3439