CILA’s  Pro Bono Guide, is intended to help provide a background to pro bono attorneys representing children in immigration cases. The Guide is designed to provide introductory information and links to webinars and additional resources to explore for more detailed training. The Guide covers essential advocacy skills that go beyond the black letter of the law and has an emphasis on practical tips to help you navigate your pro bono representation.

ABA CILA's Fact Sheet: Unaccompanied Children at the Border provides some information regarding the systems involved and context affecting unaccompanied children arriving at the United States' southwest border. The Fact Sheet also provides information regarding advocacy needs for unaccompanied children.

CILA has prepared the chart "Helpful Resources in Representing UC," to facilitate research, especially for those new to the world of children's immigration law.  The chart contains links to a variety of resources but is by no means exhaustive.  As you discover new and helpful resources you'd like to see added, do let us know.

Download the resource list here. 

CILA has prepared the following double-sided chart designed for quick reference in state court by attorneys, judges, or other stakeholders.  If you would like a laminated copy, please email us.

CILA Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS): Overview

CILA has created the resource "Cultural Competency and Humility When Representing UCs" to assist attorneys in creating a safe space for their clients to share their complete identity, which will also will help the attorney to persuasively present the child's case to an adjudicator and provide effective representation.

Download the resource here.

CILA attorneys, Dalia Castillo-Granados and Yasmin Yavar, wrote the following law review article: A New Legal Framework for Children Seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

CILA has recently updated our chart identifying publications for citation by publication in Central America, to facilitate service in this manner when necessary. The chart contains contact information, pricing, and general circulation areas for publications in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The chart is by no means exclusive and if you use or are aware of other publications that you’d recommend, please let us know.

Download the publications list here.

CILA has created the resource, "Quick Reference Guide - SIJ Status and EB-4 Immigrant Visa Availability," to address the issue of the EB-4 visa backlog for certain countries and how it affects children with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Download the resource here.

CILA Resources

Check back often for new & updated resources, videos, webinars and more.

The South Texas Office of Refugees (STOR) gave a presentation to CILA’s Texas UC Asylum Working Group on their work in Texas and what services are available to asylees and victims of trafficking.

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