The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Legal Rights (15 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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The author's mother brought her to the country illegally, but when she enters foster care, she's eligible to get a green card. However, the process is incredibly long and frustrating. (full text)
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A lawyer from Lawyers for Children explains what rights undocumented foster children have and different visas and other paths to citizenship for immigrant youth in care. (full text)
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The author is serving an eight-year sentence in prison and taking college classes while there so she can come out with her bachelor's degree. (full text)
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Youth advocates in California and Oregon travel to their state capitols to lobby for improvements to those states' foster care systems. (full text)
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Diamonique pays tribute to her two lawyers, who checked in with her, fought for her, gave her good advice, and inspired her to stay out of trouble. (full text)
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Lavell explains what sexual harassment is and what you should do about it if it's happening to you. (full text)
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Keily interviews an attorney about the legal rights of undocumented immigrants in foster care. (full text)
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When the author learns she is being moved to a new foster home, she throws a tantrum. Then she gets the decision reversed, and learns there's more power in advocating calmly than in going ballistic. (full text)
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The writer, an illegal immigrant, scrambles to find a job that pays well and won’t ask for his Social Security number. (full text)
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Alene describes the chaos of the waiting room at family court. Parents and children argue, and the waits are endless. (full text)
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According to police records, the NYPD stopped 508,540 pedestrians in 2006 for questioning or frisking. The vast majority of those stopped were black or Latino, and 90% weren’t found to be doing anything wrong. Sidebar to previous article. (full text)
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Getting stopped by the police is common in minority neighborhoods, but when 50 kids get arrested in Bushwick, Brooklyn just for walking down the street, they decide to take action. Helped by an activist curriculum at their alternative school, they successfully sue the police. (full text)
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Whether it’s because they’re not documented, because their houses are illegally overcrowded, or just because they don’t like the idea of sharing personal information, many foreign born Americans will ignore this year’s census. (full text)
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Chantal introduces articles about juvenile justice by noting that more than 2,500 prisoners are serving life without parole in the U.S. for crimes they committed before they were 18. No other country in the world does this. (full text)
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Outraged by the unfairness of the juvenile justice system, Olivia embarks on a campaign to educate people. (full text)

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