Advocacy in Children's Asylum Matters training in August, 2017, put on by NITA and CILA.

2020 Virtual UC Champions Symposium - June 5, 2020

UCS AND ADULT DETENTION: ROADBLOCKS, REMEDIES AND REMOVALS

Rome Gonsoulin, Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Francis Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Alexandria Gomez, Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Francis Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance

Either by turning 18 in ORR custody or being appended by ICE, UC clients can end up in adult ICE detention. How can you prepare clients beforehand? How do you navigate representing a detained young adult? This presentation includes how to talk to detained UC about aging out; communication and visitation with clients in ICE facilities; roadblocks to bond redetermination for UCs; and the effects of ICE detention on UC status and available remedies.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

AGE OUTS AND FEDERAL LITIGATION STRATEGIES: OUR EXPERIENCE REPRESENTING UCS AGING OUT OF ORR CUSTODY

Miriam Aguayo,Senior Staff Attorney, ProBAR
Angel Olivo-Garcia, Senior Staff Attorney, ProBAR
Belia Peña, Pro Bono Counsel, ProBAR

ProBAR shares experiences representing UCs aging out from ORR custody in south Texas. Includes communication with the shelter staff for post 18 plans; communication with the Field Office Juvenile Coordinator; and release requests.  Also details ProBAR's experiences with a Petition for Writ of Habeas and TRO/Preliminary Injunction filed with the federal court and requesting ROR/Bond with the adult deportation officer and Immigration Judge.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

CONTROLLING THE CHAOS: HOW ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS CAN MAKE CASE MANAGEMENT LESS HECTIC

Emily Rose Glickman,Legal Assistant, RAICES – Austin
Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney, RAICES – Austin

This training will review case management systems that will improve case processing and office teamwork. Including: standardizing a naming system for client documents; developing an Initial Processing Manual and Map which outline intakes and meetings to be completed with all new clients; implementing an SIJ Processing Map which lays out roles and responsibilities for Legal Assistant - Attorney teams; institutionalizing feedback; creating buy-in; holding mandatory trainings to ensure no staff is left behind and accountability; and using technology for clearer and more inclusive channels of communication between staff members.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

PRO SE CHILDREN IN DETENTION: HOW TO BALANCE BEING FRIEND OF THE COURT WHILE PRESERVING THE RECORD

Diana Tafur, Supervising Attorney, RAICES - San Antonio
Carrie Thompson, Managing Attorney, RAICES - Corpus Christi

This administration has cut protections for unaccompanied children, including severely restricting the role the role of friends of court in immigration proceedings. The presentation will define what is a ""friend of court"" under these limitations, empower advocates to go on the record even when appearing as friend of court and inform advocates on the hurdles they will experience from judges. In some cases this will mean preparing the child to appear pro se, noting issues for the record, or entering an E-28. But the training will also explore the possibility of filing limited appearances for children in reunification process who will be released and are not mandatory representation cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

ADVOCATING AGAINST THE REMOVAL OF UCS AFFECTED BY MPP

Belia Peña, Senior Staff Attorney, ProBAR
Miriam Aguayo, Senior Staff Attorney, ProBAR
Laura Peña, Pro Bono Counsel, ProBAR

Discussing the lessons ProBAR learned from representing UACs previously placed in MPP. Including advocacy in front of the immigration courts with motions to reopen, reconsider, sever, and change venue as well as appeals before the BIA of removal orders ordered while children were in MPP based on the merits or in absentia. This topic will also touch on different strategies to obtaining a complete file in preparation of their representation before the IC and/or BIA as well as emergency stay requests and strategies to advocate against their untimely removal. The presentation will include a discussion our communication with the shelter staff and ICE.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

WINNING IN THE 5TH CIRCUIT: BUILDING AN ASYLUM CASE FROM THE GROUND UP

Nancy Jean Kelly, Co-Managing Director, Harvard Immigration Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services
John Willshire Carrera, Co-Managing Director, Harvard Immigration Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services

This presentation will offer practical advice on creating a strong record for appellate review, speak about their work on gender/children/indigenous claims, as well as  speak about their successes in building cases from the ground up that have culminated in favorable rulings from the Fifth and First Circuit Courts of Appeals, including these key opinions:De Pena Panigua v. Barr (April, 2020) - First Circuit; Inestroza-Antonelli v. Barr (April, 2020) - Fifth Circuit; Ordonez-Quino v. Holder (July, 2014) - First Circuit; and Mejilla v. Romero (August, 2010) - First Circuit.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

Representing Children from the Front Lines - December 14, 2018

HOW TO BE AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM PLAYER

Paola Guzman, MSW
Nasim Hoomanrad, MSW
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC)

Description: Learn about the role that social work plays in your children's immigration practice and the ethnical and legal considerations for working in a strong interdisciplinary team.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

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PRESERVING A STRONG SIJ RECORD

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director
Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney
Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney
American Bar Association's Children's Immigration Law Academy (ABA CILA)

Description: CILA staff will detail how to put forth a strong SIJ case from state court through adjudication at USCIS including a demonstration of a prove-up hearing in state-court.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

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MOCK STATE COURT HEARING

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director
Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney
Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney
Yasmin Yavar, Senior Staff Attorney
American Bar Association's Children's Immigration Law Academy (ABA CILA)

Description: CILA staff present a demonstration of a prove-up hearing for the state court custody order in a special immigrant juvenile case.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

Basics of Representing Unaccompanied Children - December 13, 2017

IMMIGRATION LAW OVERVIEW

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, American Bar Association’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy (ABA CILA)

Description: An overview of the sources of immigration law, its history, and how the law relates to children and their families.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

DETENTION AND RELEASE OF UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

Carolina Rodriguez, Senior Direct Representation Attorney, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Description: A discussion of how the federal government processes and releases unaccompanied children apprehended by the immigration authorities.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

NUTS AND BOLTS OF SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS

Salma Hasan, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney and Desiree Salinas, Direct Representation Attorney, KIND

Description: A discussion of the legal requirements, relevant policies, and procedure for obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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ASYLUM LAW 101

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, American Bar Association’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA)

Description: The basics of asylum law and preparing and presenting an asylum claim before USCIS and EOIR.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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BEST PRACTICES IN WORKING WITH IMMIGRANT YOUTH

Brandon Roche, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA

Description: Tips for how to most effectively build rapport and interview child clients.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN REPRESENTING CHILD CLIENTS

Claire Doutre, Managing Attorney, KIND and Brandon Roche, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA

Description: Common ethical considerations in representing children

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Litigation and Advocacy for UC in the Next Four Years - January 27, 2017

STEVEN HALPERT, JUVENILE DIVISION CHIEF, HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE
CHLOE WALKER, TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER HOUSTON ATTORNEY
DALIA CASTILLO-GRANADOS, CILA DIRECTOR
HELEN LAWRENCE, THE LAW OFFICE OF HELEN LAWRENCE
FORMER IMMIGRATION JUDGE ELIZA KLEIN
BRANDON ROCHÉ, CILA SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY

LESSONS FROM THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

From an expert in juvenile defense work, suggestions on how to incorporate effective strategies into your own work in defense of children facing deportation.

Speaker: Steven Halpert, Juvenile Division Chief, Harris County Public Defender Office

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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TEXAS STATE COURT TIPS

Description: Tips to keep in mind in seeking state court orders for special immigrant juveniles in light of guidance provided by the new USCIS policy manual on SIJS.

Speakers: Chloe Walker, Tahirih Justice Center Houston Attorney
and Dalia Castillo-Granados, CILA Director

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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PROCEDURAL REMEDIES

Description: Tips from one of the authors of the very helpful practice advisory titled “Strategies for Suppressing Evidence and Terminating Removal Proceeding for Child Clients.”

Speaker: Helen Lawrence, The Law Office of Helen Lawrence

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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MOCK IMMIGRATION COURT HEARING AND TIPS

Description: A mock hearing on a Respondent’s Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings, applying strategies learned during the prior presentation by Helen Lawrence.

Speakers:
Immigration Judge – Eliza Klein
Trial Attorney – Brandon Roché, CILA Senior Staff Attorney
Counsel for Respondent – Helen Lawrence

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Special Issues in Representing Unaccompanied Children - September 16, 2016

CRIMMIGRATION

Crimmigration: A criminal law meets immigration law training focused on juvenile adjudications and how they might impact applications for common relief including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum.

Speaker: Jordan Pollock, Dallas County Public Defender’s Office

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

KEY FEDERAL STATUTES & LITIGATION

Key Federal Statutes & Litigation: A close‐up review of key federal statutes, the Flores settlement agreement, Perez‐Olano litigation, and other key federal litigation impacting the rights of unaccompanied children. Speaker: Dalia Castillo‐Granados, CILA Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

CRAFTING YOUR BIA APPEAL

Crafting Your BIA Appeal: Helpful guidance on crafting a winning BIA appeal from a federal litigation expert.
Speaker: Geoffrey Hoffman, University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE TODAY

The Northern Triangle Today: An update on some of the harsh realities of life in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today.
Speaker: Oscar Chacón, Alianza Americas

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

Fundamentals of Representing Immigrant Children in State & Immigration Proceedings - April 1, 2016

FAMILY LAW 101

An overview of all Title 5 requirements in a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

Speaker: Chloe Walker (Tahirih Justice Center Houston)

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

ADVANCED FAMILY LAW FOR IMMIGRATION PRACTITIONER
An advanced family law discussion of registration and modification of foreign orders, as well as options and timelines for attorneys once an order is denied.

Speaker: Angela Stout (The Stout Law Firm) Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

MOCK STATE COURT HEARING

An expert’s perspective on producing an expert report, and how to utilize expert reports in children’s immigration cases.

Speakers: Luis Zayas (Dean, UT School of Social Work) and Dalia Castillo-Granados (CILA)

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network

CHILD DEVELOPMENT & CHILD INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES

A review of child/adolescent development as it relates to understanding the immigration process, and tips for how to most effectively interview child clients.

Speakers: Luis Zayas (Dean, UT School of Social Work) and Brandon Roché (CILA)

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

NON-LEGAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR YOUR CLIENTS & INCORPORATING A SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM

A review of Texas-wide resources available for your clients, and how to build a social services element as part of your legal practices. Speakers: Guadalupe Fernandez (Tahirih Justice Center Houston) and Kristin Zipple-Shedd (Asylum & Human Trafficking Clinic at South Texas College of Law) Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

Volunteer Immigration Faculty at NITA/CILA Training.

Volunteer Immigration Faculty at NITA/CILA Training.

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