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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application
Why You Should Attend
Unaccompanied immigrant children (UCs) 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 immigration removal (deportation) proceedings and defend against deportation. Once apprehended by immigration authorities, UCs are placed in removal proceedings without government appointed counsel. Many children are eligible for relief, but attacks from the Administration on these protections make cases more challenging and the need for pro bono counsel even greater. Without an attorney to represent them, children face deportation to dangerous situations in their home countries. This one-day training builds upon prior PLI courses regarding the representation of UCs in California and incorporates legal updates, practice considerations, and strategies for representing UCs. Attorneys who work with immigrant youth, or pro bono attorneys interested in working on these issues, can learn about the most recent updates to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), UC asylum claims, T visas, as well as strategies for pursuing Motions to Terminate and Suppress.
What You Will Learn
• Removal defense strategies like motions to terminate and motions to suppress
• Overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and strategies to pursue SIJS in light of policy changes
• Preventing and responding to Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny SIJS petitions
• Strategies for pursuing SIJS state court predicate orders in family and probate court in California
• Jurisdictional and strategic considerations for UC asylum claims
• T visa updates and strategies for children
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, and other providers working with immigrant youth.