Thursday, July 10, 2014

Webinar: Best Practices for Screening & Representing Unaccompanied Minors

From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:

Free Webinar
Addressing the Unaccompanied Minor Surge:
Best Practices for Screening & Representing Children

As the U.S. experiences an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America, there is an increased need for legal service providers to assist them.  Many of these children, because of their unaccompanied status and their personal histories, may be eligible for legal relief.   However, to screen and identify legal options for these children most effectively and represent them successfully, practitioners need to familiarize themselves with child related immigration procedures and laws and child sensitive practices.  Two legal practitioners and a social worker, who have extensive experience working with children, will cover the following topics:
·         An overview of the deportation system for children – how children are apprehended, processed, and released;

·         How to conceptualize the attorney-client relationship with a child and ethical considerations in that relationship;

·         How to work with children, and in particular, unaccompanied minors who have experienced trauma, in a way that is productive and sensitive to their needs;

·         Best practices for screening children; and

·         Potential legal relief options that these children may be eligible for, with a particular emphasis on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum.  

Hayley Upshaw, Senior Attorney - Legal Services for Children
Kristen Jackson, Senior Attorney - Public Counsel
Erin Maxwell, Social Worker - Legal Services for Children
Moderated by: Angie Junck, Supervising Attorney – Immigrant Legal Resource Center
July 15, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 pm PT / 4:00 – 5:30 pm ET
To register for this FREE webinar, click here and complete the online form.


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