Litigation for Unaccompanied Children: Updates and Foundational Cases (8)

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The ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) joined experts from the National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) to fill us in on the most recent case law impacting your children’s immigration cases. NILA discussed the most up-to date cases from the federal courts, what they mean for your clients, how to use or distinguish them, and any foundational immigration cases you can use to bolster your arguments. This webinar is part of an ongoing series.

Neha Desai and Mishan Wroe from the National Center for Youth Law joined NILA to present on the recent class settlements in Lucas R. v. Azar. Lucas R. is an ongoing class action lawsuit on behalf of five certified classes of unaccompanied immigrant children that seeks to deepen and expand protections for the most vulnerable children in custody. The settlements resolve three of the five claims and include relief for children with disabilities, children who are prescribed psychotropic medications, and children whose lawyers are obstructed from comprehensive representation.

Cases and litigation updates discussed by NILA included:

  • Velasquez-Castillo v. Garland, 91 F.4th 358 (5th Cir. 2024)
  • Matter of M-R-M-S-, 28 I. & N. Dec. 757 (BIA 2023)
  • VECINA & NILA v. Admin. for Child. and Fams., No. 1:23-cv-12632-JEK (D. Mass. filed Nov. 1, 2023) (lawsuit related to disclosure of the Unaccompanied Child Manual of Procedures (UC MAP))
  • United States v. Abbott (5th Cir. 2023)
  • Texas v. DHS (5th Cir. 2023)
  • United States v. Texas (W.D. Tex. 2024)

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Recorded Date

March 13, 2024


  • Trina Realmuto, Executive Director, NILA
  • Neha Desai, Senior Director, National Center for Youth Law
  • Mishan Wroe, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
  • Chris Rickerd, Special Projects Attorney, NILA
  • Aidan Langston, NYU Public Interest Fellow, NILA

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