The Trump administration cut protections for unaccompanied children, including severely restricting the role the role of friends of court in immigration proceedings. The presentation will define what is a “”friend of court”” under these limitations, empower advocates to go on the record even when appearing as friend of court and inform advocates on the hurdles they will experience from judges. In some cases this will mean preparing the child to appear pro se, noting issues for the record, or entering an E-28. But the training will also explore the possibility of filing limited appearances for children in reunification process who will be released and are not mandatory representation cases.
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network
June 5, 2020
- Diana Tafur, Supervising Attorney, RAICES – San Antonio
- Carrie Thompson, Managing Attorney, RAICES – Corpus Christi