CILA recognized the need to have introductory videos detailing the foundational concepts in working with children in immigration proceedings. The staff recorded the videos below in 2019 for anyone who is new to the field or needs a refresher. The Introduction to Asylum, Introduction to Removal Proceedings for Unaccompanied Children, Introduction to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Family-Based Immigration and VAWA for Unaccompanied Children, Options for Child Survivors of Crimes, and Research and CILA Resources videos were updated in 2022. The videos are also available for pro bono attorneys working on immigration related cases.

 

Introduction to Working with Unaccompanied Children

This webinar provides an overview of the system designed to care for children who arrive in the United States unaccompanied seeking humanitarian protections under U.S. Law. The recording is 2 hours; it is broken into three sections. If you would like to view a specific section, the times are listed below:

  1. Profile of an Unaccompanied Child (UC)
  2. Legal Protections for UC [Begins 29:08]
  3. The Current System of Apprehension, Detention, Release, and Representation of UC [Begins at 1:04:00]

Presenter:

Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

 

Introduction to Removal Proceedings for Unaccompanied Children

This webinar provides an overview of the history of Immigration Court and the common practices and procedures involved with representing children in immigration court.

Presenter:

  • Victoria Giambra, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

 

Introduction to Asylum for Unaccompanied Children

This webinar provides an overview of the Asylum process for children.

Presenter:

Laura Egan, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

 

Trauma Informed Lawyering with Unaccompanied Children

This webinar provides an introduction to the concept of trauma, its impact on unaccompanied children and the systems we work in, as well as provides strategies for incorporating trauma informed principles into your representation and advocacy for unaccompanied children.

Presenter:

Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

Family-Based Immigration and VAWA for Unaccompanied Children

This webinar provides an overview of who qualifies for and the process involved in immigrating to the U.S. based on family relationship. Then a brief discussion of options when the family relationship breaks down.

Presenter:

Victoria Giambra, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

Options for Child Survivors of Crimes

Overview of the protections built into immigration law for immigrant victims of crimes, specifically U & T visas. The presentation reviews the sources of law, practical requirements, timelines and hurdles specific to these types of immigration relief.

Presenter:

Victoria Giambra, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

Introduction to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

This webinar provides an overview of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for children.

Presenter:

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

 

Ethical Representation of Unaccompanied Children

Using the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a starting point, this webinar gives practitioners an overview of basic ethical considerations that we see come up often in the representation of unaccompanied children.  Practitioners should use this webinar as a starting point in addition to consulting the ethical rules that govern their licensure as well as resources that we cite in this presentation.

Presenter:

Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy

Research and CILA Resources

This webinar provides an overview of research tips and CILA resources

Presenter:

Sarena Bhatia, Senior Staff Attorney

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