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.

CILA has added Texas-wide Social Services working group and associated listserv. We hope the new working group and listserv will serve as a space to collectively address the gap in social services and resources for immigrant youth, provide a space for social workers and staff to share ideas and challenges. Virtual meetings via Zoom will be held on a quarterly basis. The working group will provide a space for collaboration and for those who attend to make inquiries and share information. CILA anticipates that the first meeting will be early this Fall.

The related listserv is intended as a tool to announce working group meetings as well as to allow for frequent communication among social workers or staff at the legal service providers working with immigrant youth across the state.

Social workers and social services providers, as well as attorneys, legal staff, and pro bono attorneys are welcome to attend working group meetings and utilize the listserv. Please sign up below:

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I urge each of you in this audience to join the “New Due Process Army” and stand up for “truth, justice, and the American way” in our failing, misused, and politically abused United States Immigration Courts and to continue the fight, for years or decades if necessary, until this system finally is forced to deliver on its noble but unfulfilled promise of “being the world’s best tribunals, guaranteeing fairness and due process for all.” Harm to one is harm to all! Due process forever!

Paul Wickham Schmidt

Retired Immigration Judge
July 19, 2017
Frankel Lecture Series
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