Policy and Advocacy

The Door is engaged in broad-ranging systemic immigration policy research and advocacy work to ensure the needs and rights of immigrant youth are elevated and accounted for. We seek to center the voices of the young people we serve in this work by envisioning and fighting for a more just reality alongside them every step of the way.

Our Current Priorities

  • Elevate the voices of immigrant youth in their fight for human rights and dignity.
  • Abolish the visa backlog for Special Immigrant Juveniles.
  • Protect the human rights of unaccompanied minors detained in ORR facilities in New York State.
  • Hold USCIS accountable for the adjudication of SIJS petitions within 180 days, as mandated by Congress.
  • Educate lawmakers on the policy issues impacting immigrant youth.

Legal Services Center Policy Dispatch

Every quarter, we publish a policy dispatch detailing our current advocacy priorities or The Door’s position on emerging policy issues directly impacting our clients. The dispatch often highlights the thoughts of the young people we serve and also includes a summary of our recent publications. To subscribe, click here and tick the button to indicate an interest in publications from the Legal Services Center.

In the News


The Door frequently comments publicly on policy issues impacting immigrant youth. Our most recent writing is linked here:

Strategic Litigation

The Door routinely participates in systemic litigation to vindicate the rights of our clients. See our most recent litigation related documents here:   

For more information about the Legal Services Center’s policy initiatives or involvement in strategic litigation, please contact Stephanie Lopez, Co-Managing Director, Legal Services Center, slopez@door.org or Meena Shah, Co-Managing Director, Legal Services Center, mshah@door.org