“Next Friend”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

A person who appears in a lawsuit to act for the benefit of an alien who is under the age of 16, or is incapacitated or incompetent, who has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of being a victim of qualifying criminal activity. The next friend is not a party to the legal proceeding and is not appointed as a guardian.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services