New CILA Resource: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Manual for Virginia Practitioners

The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), in partnership with Ayuda, is very pleased to share this new manual for practitioners in Virginia seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). CILA is grateful to Ayuda attorneys Katherine Flannery and Corie O’Rourke for all their work drafting this manual. Ayuda also sought input from local practitioners when drafting this manual and appreciates their support.

This 166-page manual (including appendices) is intended for practitioners in the field and pro bono attorneys working on behalf of immigrant youth. It provides a comprehensive step-by-step overview of how to obtain an order in Virginia state court with SIJS determinations. The manual also contains an overview of the applicable state and federal laws, guidance on the procedural requirements, and practice tips. The Appendices include sample pleadings for filings in Virginia state court.

This resource is the third in CILA’s ongoing series of manuals covering SIJS state court practice in select states. The other manuals are available here: