CILA hosts three Texas-wide working groups which meet through teleconference and create spaces for advocates from around the state to connect with each other, share on-the-ground trends, and receive updates on major changes in the law. We host a quarterly meeting for three different issue areas: (1) Special Immigrant Juvenile status, (2) children’s asylum law, and (3) detained unaccompanied children. Our statewide working groups are all coordinated through our statewide listserv, Texas Children's Immigration.
In addition, CILA hosts a Houston-wide working group on SIJ status. Quarterly meetings are usually held in person at the offices of local members, and the working group has a very active listserv, Houston SIJ Working Group.
Staff attorneys at legal service providers, pro bono attorneys, and private attorneys are all are encouraged to participate in one or more of the working groups. CILA also uses the listservs as a place to provide details for working group meetings, relevant substantive updates, as well as advertise our trainings and other opportunities. Please note that neither listserv is open to employees of the federal government. We ask that members do not share information from the listservs to anyone outside of the listserv including media or government officials without permission from the sender. Additionally, we require state judges to leave the listserv when elected. If you begin a job as an employee of the federal government, please inform CILA and ask that we remove you from the listserv.
Please use this form to request permission to be added to one or more of CILA's Texas working group listservs.
If you are a pro bono coordinator or work with pro bono attorneys, join our national working group and listserv, Pro Bono Coordination for Child Immigration.
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