Serving Immigrants and Refugees since 1921

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our strength lies in the diversity of our clients and services. Since NSC’s founding in 1921, our mission has been to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society.

Our Stories

NSC Launches Bienvenidos! Unaccompanied Children’s Project

Who We Are
NSC has launched ¡Bienvenidos!: Unaccompanied Children’s Project to better serve the complex needs of our unaccompanied clients. This initiative is an effort to integrate the legal and social services available for the unaccompanied children to provide more seamless and holistic service.

The project’s core mission is to provide social services and immigration legal services for unaccompanied children.

The Facts

  • The number of children refugees has doubled every year since 2010.
  • It is estimated 60,000-90,000 children will seek safe haven this year.
  • A 92% increase is reported of immigrants 18 years and younger.
  • There are predictions that the number of child refugees could soar as high as 130,000 next year.

What We Do
Legal Services: NSC represents children in removal proceedings and affirmative applications, seeking various forms of relief, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, asylum, T and U visas, and family-based relief.

  • 1-4 Home visits
  • Assessment of Safety and Appropriateness of Sponsor
  • Assessment of Trafficking Risks
  • Verification of Sponsor’s Residential and Financial Stability
  • Education Provided to Sponsor to Meet Minor’s Special Needs

Social Services: NSC provides an alternative to detention for unaccompanied children through family reunification with an identified sponsor in the surrounding region and post-release case management services.

  • Help Enrolling in School
  • Referral to Pro Bono Family Law Attorneys and Other Needed Legal Services
  • Safety Planning with Minor and Sponsor
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Medical and Dental Referrals
  • Community Resource Referral

Our Clients
About 75% of unaccompanied children come from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many are fleeing conditions of extreme poverty, as well as situations of violence and abuse, suffered either in homes, communities, or on their journey to the U.S. A UN Report in March found child immigrants and refugees feared their safety in their home country. There is a recorded link between regional violence and migration to the North. Many file for asylum in fear of persecution, but struggle without legal representation. This is what we dedicate our services to.

To learn more, visit our Bienvenidos! Project page.