1. Chapter I – Introduction to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status [pdf]

This Chapter provides an overview of the Special Immigrant Juvenile States as a form of immigration relief that helps immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment or neglect perpetrated by a parent. It discusses this federal immigration program, its history, and the role of the state courts in SIJS cases. It also discusses the federal immigration adjudication process and how state courts will encounter SIJS eligible children in the wide range of cases that in which SIJS eligible children appear before state courts.