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Applying the ICE Parental Interests Directive to Child Welfare Cases

This resource summarizes the key provisions of the Directive and provides tips to those working within the dependency system on how to best ensure an immigrant parent can meaningfully participate in the dependency proceedings.


Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities
Full text of the Parental Interest Directive issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in August 2013.


FAQs on the Parental Interests Directive
FAQs from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, October 2013


Parental Interests Directive Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, October 2013


How to Get a Detained Person to Court for Family Court Cases Involving Children and/or Criminal Proceedings
Written by Benish Anver and Leslye E. Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law, 2014

This resource offers guidance to judges, attorneys, and advocates on securing the attendance of detained immigrant parents in family court proceedings, in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Parental Interests Directive.


ICE Points of Contact for Implementation of the Parental Interest DirectiveICE Points of Contact for Implementation of the Parental Interests Directive

Developed by the MCWNN Practice Committee, this fact sheet provides information on how to contact ICE liaisons for inquiries regarding the Parental Interest Directive.


First Focus Fact Sheet
Written by Wendy Cervantes, Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus, September 2013


Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Summary
This 2-page ILRC document summarizes the guidelines laid out in the Directive.


ICE’s Parental Interests Directive: Helping Families Caught Between the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems
Written by Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission, August 2013


Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns
Women’s Refugee Commission

Coinciding with the release of ICE’s Directive on Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities, the Women’s Refugee Commission has released a two-page guide for detained and deported parents with child custody concerns. This guide, which ICE will make available in all immigration detention facilities housing adults for more than 72 hours, provides parents with steps they can take to protect their parental rights; information on family court proceedings, parent-child visitation, and coordinating care of children; as well as helpful ICE resources for detainees.


What If I’m Picked Up By I.C.E. In Arizona? Making A Family Plan: Preparing For the Possibility of Being Detained, Deported, and Separated from Your Children
Steptoe & Johnson LLP and The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, 2014

Created by Barbara Kagan, Lindsay Marshall, Lauren Dasse, Laurie Melrood, and Cindy Schlosser, this English language manual provides guidance for immigrant parents in Arizona on developing a plan to protect their parental rights in the event that they are apprehended by ICE.


¿Y Qué Si Me Agarra Y Me Arresta El I.C.E. en Arizona? Desarollando un Plan de Familia: Una Guia de Preparación de Familia Contra la Posibilidad de Estar Detenido, o Ser Deportado, y Quedar Separado de Sus Hijos/as
Steptoe & Johnson LLP and The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, 2014

Created by Barbara Kagan, Lindsay Marshall, Lauren Dasse, Laurie Melrood, and Cindy Schlosser, this Spanish language manual provides guidance for immigrant parents in Arizona on developing a plan to protect their parental rights in the event that they are apprehended by ICE.