Representing Children and Families in Immigration Matters Pro Bono 101 Training

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Unaccompanied Children and the Need for Pro Bono Representation

Webinar Description:

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Immigration and the ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) co-hosted a complimentary training in March 2022 geared toward pro bono attorneys working with children and families in immigration cases.

The presentation provided an overview of the key forms of legal relief when working with children and families in immigration cases such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and other humanitarian forms of relief. Additionally, presenters provided an introduction to representing an individual in removal proceedings and before USCIS. The training also covered practical skills key to effective representation such as interviewing skills when working with children and families. The presentation aimed to provide guidance, practical pointers, and resources to guide advocates in their representation. The presenters concluded by providing information on ways to get involved in representing children and families through Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation.

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Slides:

  1. Nuts and Bolts: Common Forms of Immigration Legal Relief
  2. Practice before USCIS & Removal Proceedings 101
  3. Interviewing Skills When Working With Children and Families
  4. CILA and COI presentation: How to Get Involved

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Training Agenda

Speakers' Bios

Quick Links Handouts: #1 / #2 / #3


CILA has many written resources and recorded trainings that may assist you in your pro bono representation, and we recommend that you view other sections of CILA's website to access these. For example, CILA's Pro Bono Guide: Working with Children in Immigration Matters is available to view here. View CILA's webinar Immigration Judge Perspectives on Pro Bono Representation and Best Practices to learn more. Feel free to reach out to us at probono@abacila.org if you have any questions or if you are looking for a resource on a particular subject that relates to your pro bono case.

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