Representing Unaccompanied Children in California – Best Practices & Key Avenues for Relief from Deportation: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Asylum
December 3 - 4, 2014
9:00 AM Pacific
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Also presented in-person in San Francisco.
Unaccompanied immigrant children (UACs) from Central America have been coming to California in increasing numbers for the past few years. These children are placed in removal proceedings, and without access to government appointed counsel, they have difficulties navigating the confusing and complex immigration system alone. Many children are eligible for some form of humanitarian relief or have other avenues to avoid deportation, however without an attorney to help them, the majority are ordered removed to their home countries, often to very dangerous conditions. Attorneys who work with immigrant youth, or pro bono attorneys interested in working on these issues, can learn the basics of the immigration detention and removal process for children, best practices for working with these children, how to effectively present asylum and special immigrant juvenile status claims, and other removal defense strategies.
What You Will Learn:
- Best practices for working with children including interviewing techniques and trauma informed practices
- Overview of immigration detention and removal system for children
- Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), including inadmissibility issues
- Nuts and bolts of SIJS cases in California probate court proceedings (seeking guardianship)
- Nuts and bolts of SIJS cases in California family court proceedings (seeking custody)
- Representing SIJS eligible clients before USCIS and EOIR
- Asylum claims for children
- Removal defense strategies (e.g., challenging the Notice to Appear (charging document), evidence of alienage, and other evidence brought forward by DHS)
- Benefits available for immigrant youth (education, public benefits, etc.)
Attorneys interested in assisting or representing immigrant youth, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, law clinic students and faculty, public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff, immigration advocates, and other providers working with immigrant youth.Speakers:
- Katie Annand ~ Law Offices of Katie Annand
- Helen Beasley ~ Immigration Staff Attorney, Emerson Legal Fellow, Community Legal Services
- Tanya Broder ~ Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
- Alice Bussiere ~ Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
- Jayne E. Fleming ~ Pro Bono Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
- Lisa Frydman ~ Associate Director & Managing Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
- Robin L Goldfaden ~ Senior Attorney, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
- Jennifer E. Horne ~ Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
- Angela Junck ~ Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Helen Lawrence ~ Law Office of Helen Lawrence
- Erin Maxwell ~ Social Worker, Legal Services For Children Inc
- Rachel Prandini ~ Unaccompanied Minor Law Fellow, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Lindsay Toczylowski ~ Directing Attorney for Direct Representation, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
- Kristen M. Jackson ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Public Counsel
- Hayley Upshaw ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services For Children Inc
- Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute.
12 or more credits in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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