6-Hour Program

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Why You Should Attend

Unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Mexico, and many other countries continue to seek protection in the United States, and many live in California as they go through removal (deportation) proceedings. The government does not appoint them counsel in their removal proceedings, and they instead must secure counsel on their own. Without an attorney to represent them, children face deportation to dangerous situations in their home countries. Many unaccompanied children are eligible for legal relief, underscoring the importance of legal representation so they can defend themselves and share their stories. This one-day training builds upon prior PLI courses regarding the representation of unaccompanied children in California and incorporates legal updates and strategies for representing these children, with a focus on trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices as well as language justice. Attendees can learn about the overarching detention and removal system for unaccompanied children, the most recent updates to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and immigration court practice, and tips on working with children who will present claims at the asylum office.

What You Will Learn

  • Detention and removal system for unaccompanied children and how advocates can obtain and work with government records
  • Approaching representation of an unaccompanied child with trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices, and best practices for working with interpreters
  • Immigration court updates and strategies
  • Overview of SIJS and strategies to pursue SIJS
  • Preparing for and attending an interview before the Asylum Office

Who Should Attend

Attorneys interested in assisting or representing immigrant youth, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, law clinic students and faculty, public interest and nonprofit organization attorneys and staff, immigration advocates, social workers, and others working with immigrant youth.


Interested in learning more? Hear real-world stories from program faculty and tips for representing unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings on this episode of PLI’s Pursuing Justice: The Pro Bono Files. 

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