NCJFCJ Conference on Juvenile Justice (Cleveland, OH) – Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases: Policy Updates and Considerations for Juvenile and Family Court Judges presented with USCIS (March 18, 2024)

PowerPoint Presentation

State Justice Institute (SJI) and National Judicial Network Training Materials (Updated March 7, 2024)

Workshop Description

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and National Judicial Network experts provide tips, tools, and policy updates at this workshop for judges encountering youth eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification in state court proceedings, including an overview of SIJ, identifying SIJ-eligible youth, SIJ order best practices, and judge’s role in the SIJ process. The presentation highlights parts of the USCIS 2022 regulations that are particularly important for state court judges issuing SIJS judicial determinations. This workshop was presented at the Juvenile Justice Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 18, 2024.


  • Sarah Krieger, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Hon. Mary Weir, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Leslye E. Orloff, Director, NIWAP American University, Washington College of Law

Brochure and Screening Tools

Impact of USCIS Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 2022 Regulations on State Courts

Special Immigrant Juvenile Statius Bench Book

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Case Law

Public Benefits Access for SIJS Children

When an SIJS Eligible Child May Be Involved In Criminal Activities