Thursday, October 28, 2010

Webinar on Special Immigrant Juveniles

From the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Free Webinar

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: New Protections for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Immigrant Youth Under Nationwide Class Action Settlement, Perez-Olano v. Napolitano

Friday, November 19, 2010

By Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Pacific
CA MCLE Credit: One hour

Contact:

Carlos Holguin
Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law
crholguin@centerforhumanrights.org
213.388.8693 x309

Website: www.centerforhumanrights.org

This free webinar is designed for lawyers and advocates who represent, or are considering representing, abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant and refugee youth in applying for lawful permanent residence.

Federal law, 8 U.S.C. sections 1101(a)(27)(J) and 1255, provides a way for certain non-citizen youth who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected to apply for lawful residence in the United States. This benefit is known as Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.

On May 13, 2005, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law and the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice initiated a class action challenging certain policies and practices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that blocked youth from obtaining lawful residence as SIJs. Among the challenged practices were ICE's requiring that all youth in federal custody obtain its "specific" consent prior to seeking the protection of state juvenile courts, and CIS's declaring youth "aged-out" of SIJ eligibility if they were not still state court dependents at the time the agency managed to adjudicate their applications for permanent residence.

On October 22, 2010, the United States District Court tentatively approved a settlement of this national class action; the settlement takes effect December 13, 2010. The settlement grants abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant youth new and important protections and benefits in their quest to obtain SIJ-based lawful residence.

This webinar will explain the settlement and explore its implications for representing abused, abandoned, and neglected youth before CIS, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the immigration courts.

The webinar will be presented by Carlos Holguin, General Counsel, Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. Mr. Holguin has represented immigrant and refugee youth in numerous impact cases, including Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993) (national class action on behalf of children denied release on bail pending the outcome of deportation proceedings); League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 131 F.3d 1297 (9th Cir. 1997) (state-wide class action challenging constitutionality of Proposition 187 denying health care, social services and education to suspected undocumented immigrants); and Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez, 248 F.R.D. 248 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (national class action on behalf of abused, abandoned, and neglected immigrant and refugee youth).

Deadline to Register: November 18, 2010.

This webinar is limited to 30 participants. Attorneys and paralegals affiliated with California Qualified Legal Services Programs will receive priority, with remaining slots allocated to other legal services and pro bono lawyers on a first-come, first-served basis.

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