IDENTIFYING AND RAISING CAPACITY AND MENTAL COMPETENCY ISSUES IN CHILDREN’S IMMIGRATION CASES

This webinar will help attorneys develop strategies for identifying capacity and mental competency issues when working with children, in addition to, raising these challenges in immigration court and during asylum interviews. It will also provide guiding principles and best practices for working with traumatized children and mental health experts as attorneys develop and prepare a child’s immigration case.

The webinar is presented by:

  • Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
  • Damir S. Utrzan, Ph.D., LMFT from the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Erica Schommer, Esq., Clinical Associate Professor from St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Meghan Casey, Esq., Supervising Attorney from Northwest Immigration Rights Project
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

TRIAL ADVOCACY IN IMMIGRATION COURT: UNDERSTANDING THE RULES

CILA staff will present an overview of the rules of procedure and evidence in immigration court, where they come from, where to find them, and tips for preparing for your case in light of the rules.

The webinar is presented by staff from The ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy:

  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, ABA CILA
  • Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, ABA CILA
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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.

MAKING INTERPRETATION SEAMLESS: BEST PRACTICES FOR ATTORNEYS

This webinar is designed to provide tips to attorneys working with child clients and interpreters. The speakers focus on best practices for working with interpreters throughout a case from the unique viewpoint of interpreters. The presentation also helps attorneys develop strategies for addressing interpretation challenges during asylum interviews and court proceedings.

Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Adriana Morales, Texas Master Licenses Court Interpreter
Evelyn Eyzaguirre, Interpreter

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

IMMIGRATION LEGAL RESEARCH AND AAO APPEALS

This webinar covers the basics of immigration legal research and procedural aspects of an appeal before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) after a denial of a Special Immigrant Juvenile petition.

CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados discusses resources for immigration legal research and a review of CILA’s online resources chart. Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, gives an overview of appeals before the AAO. Elissa addresses the options available after a denial of an I-360, Special Immigrant Juvenile petition, steps to complete and file an I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion before USCIS, and practice tips for filing a successful appeal before the AAO.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

PATERNITY ISSUES IN TEXAS FOR SIJS CASES

This webinar focuses on how to strengthen custody suits with SIJS findings in Texas where paternity needs to be established. CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados presents on SIJS statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements; and recent trends in USCIS SIJS adjudication. Alex Hunt from Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C., gives an overview of paternity law in Texas and addresses how paternity is established through a court order​​ and common paternity issues in SIJS cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

TEXAS STATE COURT PROCEDURAL ISSUES IN SIJS CASES

The webinar focused on various procedural issues that often arise in SIJS-related cases presented before Texas state courts. This webinar was presented with a focus for Region A providers.

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director at CILA, presented on this topic. Dalia discusses the following: evidentiary rules and burdens of proof as they relate to conservatorship and dependency proceedings. She also discusses ways to meet the Title 5 requirements under the Family Code when dealing with challenging issues that arise in SIJS cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

INTRODUCTION TO UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN IMMIGRATION LAW AND WORKING IN A LAW OFFICE

Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, focuses on giving non-attorney staff the foundation for understanding the interplay of courts, government agencies, regulations, legislation, and ethical obligations that attorneys forget they didn’t learn until law school.

Please note that this is not a CLE program.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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