Pro Bono Representation of Youth in Immigration Court: An Overview of Agency Policy & Practical Guidance

Webinar Details

This webinar provided an overview of agency guidance on children’s cases in immigration court. This presentation is geared toward attorneys interested in taking on a pro bono immigration case, practitioners working on a pro bono case, and practitioners new to children’s immigration law. Specifically, the webinar covered an overview of two agency memoranda issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the agency that oversees immigration courts, on guidance for children’s cases in immigration court and pro bono services. The webinar also included a panel discussion by attorneys in the field to share their experience with juvenile dockets and ideas to effectively advocate for children in immigration court proceedings. For reference, the two Directors’ Memoranda (DM) that will be specifically covered in this webinar include:

  • EOIR DM-24-01: Children’s Cases in Immigration Court
  • EOIR DM 22-01: Encouraging and Facilitating Pro Bono Legal Services

The presentation included information on ways to get involved in pro bono representation of children in immigration matters including an overview of CILA’s platform, Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation.


Recorded Date

May 14, 2024


  • Maxwell Dietz, Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami Staff Attorney
  • Laura Egan, CILA Managing Attorney for Pro Bono & Communications
  • Amelia Friedman, CILA Staff Attorney for Pro Bono & Communications
  • Alexandra Rizio, Safe Passage Project Managing Attorney, Policy and Partnerships

Webinar Materials

Presentation Slides


Speaker Bios

EOIR Updates Guidance on Children’s Cases in Immigration Court & Creates Specialized Juvenile Dockets

Youth’s Testimony in Immigration Court

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