Social Services Coordinator
JeanPaul Figueroa oversees CAIR Coalition’s Social Services Program for Unaccompanied Children. This program connects children, who arrive in the United States without their parents or guardians, to vital services and resources in their communities once released from detention. JeanPaul has been working with asylee and immigrant youth for over 6 years. Prior to serving as the Social Services Coordinator, JeanPaul was a senior legal assistant at CAIR Coalition where he visited detained children and conducted individual legal screenings, “Know Your Rights” presentations, and provided direct legal assistance to immigration attorneys in Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. Before joining CAIR Coalition, JeanPaul worked as a post-release services caseworker, and home study specialist for a DC-based social services agency, where he led efforts to ensure unaccompanied immigrant children were connected to vital services across 11 states. He also volunteered as a child advocate for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where he provided one-on-one mentorship for youth facing prolonged detention.
Though Jean Paul’s passion has always been working with asylee, refugee, and immigrant children and youth, he has significant experience providing services to other populations at-risk including homeless families, adults released from detention, and perpetrators of domestic violence. His professional career has been driven by the belief that serving children and adults can have the greatest impact on the well-being of communities.