[pdf] BIA Amius Brief on Recent Research Concerning the Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Psychological Development of Children and Adolescents (July 11, 2016) (+)

This Amicus brief was submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals and addresses an important issue presented by Amicus Invitation No. I 6-06-09, focusing on how the term “minor” should be defined and understood by the Board in child asylum cases in light of the substantial body of recent research concerning the neurobiological, cognitive, and psychological development of children and adolescents. This brief will focus on the significant and deleterious effect trauma and
maltreatment have on that development, including the impact of impaired development on the readiness of child migrants to file asylum applications.

[pdf] Comparing Forms of Immigration Relief for Immigrant Victims of Crime (+)

This chart has been developed as a tool to help advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement and other professionals to promote a basic understanding of how various forms of immigration relief available to help immigrant crime victims and children differ. The chart compares eligibility requirements, access to employment authorization and lawful permanent residency, and the application process.

July 13, 2015: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Webinar

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) allows certain youth immigrant survivors of abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect by a parent to obtain legal immigration status in the United States. This webinar will review elements required for a successful SIJS application focused particularly on special findings in state court orders. Faculty will provide information and resources on screening […]

[pdf] Opportunities to Make SIJS Findings in State Court Cases (+)

This presentation provides information to be able to identify cases before the court that involved children who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, recognize the broad range of court proceedings in which state court rulings required under immigration law for a child to be SIJS eligible can be made, and know where to access training tools and technical assistance on cases involving immigrant crime victims and children.

December 4, 2014: Rehoboth, Delaware

State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children. For Delaware commissioners, presented by Leslye E. Orloff (NIWAP), Comm. Loretta Young (Delaware), Scott Whelan (USCIS) and Eileen Matuszah (USCIS). Materials from the training: Slides: State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children – Rehoboth, DE (December 4, 2014) Agenda Language […]

[pdf] Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Child Welfare Workers (+)

Information for child welfare workers in regards to the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

[pdf] Common Immigration Issues that Arise in Custody Cases Involving Immigrant Crime Victims and Their Children (+)

This helpful reference covers topics, such as the role of immigration status in custody cases, immigration relief for immigrant crime victims, and common immigration status misconceptions that arise in custody cases.

January 31, 2014: State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children Webinar

Webcast of State Justice Institute funded training for state court judges of issues that arise in cases of immigrant crime victims and children.

[pdf] Bench Card: Overview of Types of Immigration Status (+)

This bench card is designed to provide quick access for state criminal, family, and juvenile court judges to help them identify the various types of status that immigrants in the state court might have. It is aimed at assisting judges in recognizing non-citizen parties before them who might need the advice of immigration counsel or other sources of assistance as to how their immigration status might affect or be affected by actions in their state court case. In addition, it is aimed at assisting state court judges in recognizing how their actions might jeopardize a non-citizen’s immigration status.
This bench card is not meant to be an in-depth treatise on immigration law or intended to provide definitive answers regarding immigration rights. Judges using the bench card should be aware that immigration law and the DHS policies that implement U.S. immigration laws are continuously changing.

[pdf] State Proceedings in Which Courts Can Enter Findings and Orders Needed by Children Filing for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Protection (+)

Information regarding state court proceedings in which Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings may be entered in order for an immigrant child to apply for immigration relief through SJIS.

[pdf] Custody of Children in Mixed-Status Families: Preventing the Misunderstanding and Misuse of Immigration Status in State-Court Custody Proceedings (+)

This article is designed to provide accurate information about current immigration laws and policies to family court judges and attorneys representing immigrant parents, to counter efforts by litigants in family court to raise immigration status of an opposing parent to gain advantage in a custody proceeding. A key goal of this article is to give courts and parties the information needed to keep the focus of the court’s decision making in custody cases on statutorily required factors—best interests of the child and primary caretaker determinations.

[pdf] Family and Criminal Court Scenarios in Which Courts Will Encounter Immigrants Who Are Eligible for Immigration Protections (+)

Information and examples explaining how and in what proceedings courts may encounter immigrants who are eligible for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA and U Visa), Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), Special Immigrant Juvenile (SJIS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) immigration protections.

[pdf] Escorting Detained Parents and Other Immigrants to Court (2010) (+)

This letter used together with the ICE Performance Based National Detention Standard on Escorted Trips for Non-Medical Emergencies (also included in this library) describes the system for securing attendance at court hearings for immigrants in ICE immigration detention. For parents in immigration detention this letter and the Non-Medical Emergency escort policy has been replaced by the 2013 Parental Interest Directive (also included in this library). This letter and the Non-Medical Emergency escort policy will have continued availability for use by courts and attorneys seeking to have detained immigrants appear in court for proceeding that do not involve children.