“CILA is an excellent source of training and technical assistance. CILA staff are experts in children’s immigration law. Our attorneys, social worker, and staff constantly contact CILA with questions and CILA promptly responds. I encourage all our staff to participate in CILA’s working groups and to use CILA’s resources. I especially encourage new staff to take CILA’s core curriculum and watch recorded and live webinars as part of the onboarding process. DMRS is deeply grateful for the support of CILA and the ABA.”

 

Jacob Wedemeyer

Children’s Program Director/Staff Attorney, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS)

“I have worked with ABA-CILA since its inception. Their attorneys are experts and fill a niche supporting our unaccompanied child clients in a myriad of ways. They are the cog in the wheel for all the various nonprofits and private attorneys working with this vulnerable population serving as a repository of current experiences and strategy gleaned from their working groups. By staying current on the ever-changing landscape of immigration policies, cases and regulations, they are able to run trainings to support our work and have provided invaluable technical assistance. Children are now safe because of the work of ABA-CILA.”

 

Katherine McIlroy Shoebotham

Senior Attorney, St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance

"CILA has quickly become an indispensable resource for RAICES and other Texas legal providers that serve unaccompanied child migrants. The legal landscape with respect to this population is constantly in flux; new challenges and opportunities demand fast and nimble responses. At the same time, many senior attorneys and managers are taking on policy advocacy, high-impact litigation, and time-consuming budgets for large-scale services. Staff attorneys handle heavy caseloads between "rocket dockets" and pilot projects for mandatory representation. Having an outside resource focus exclusively on training and technical case assistance is more valuable than ever. The best part is that CILA is comprised of experts with decades of combined experience and a constant pulse on both local and national developments. They are apprised of hundreds of case scenarios, yet remain unburdened by the attendant caseloads. I hope that this model will be replicated throughout the country. It would be an enormous assist to the development of highly-competent and sustainable legal services for tens of thousands of children who reside in under-represented areas.”

 

Ashley Walker

Former Staff Attorney with RAICES Austin

"CILA is the first place I direct my students to when handling a child's case. Their resources on everything from child interviewing to the basics of child asylum and special immigrant juvenile status are par to none."

 

Elissa Steglich

Clinical Professor and Co-Director Immigration Clinic, University of Texas School of Law

“CILA is a tremendous training resource for all attorneys ranging in experience, providing introductory training as well as specialized up to date technical assistance with complex and changing laws. Recognizing that advocates benefit from supporting each other, CILA also created a large network of lawyers across the state by organizing platforms for information sharing and meaningful collaboration to solve problems.  CILA’s presence has greatly helped me provide the best advocacy for our clients. Their encouraging legal community has strengthened my knowledge and confidence in the courtroom, and given me the support to avoid burnout.”

 

Kate Wegener

International Rescue Committee
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