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Special Provisions for Immigrant Youth: A Model State Statute
American Friends Service Committee, Fordham Law School, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Rutgers University School of Law (2015)
This resource proposes model statutory language for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) legislation, with the aim of promoting both uniformity across jurisdictions and the right of all SIJS-eligible immigrant children to access their state court systems.


Federal Immigration and Nationality Law
United States Code Title 8, Chapter 12
Cornell University, Legal Information Institute
Compiles legislation enacted by Congress regarding immigration and naturalization law.


Child Citizenship Act of 2000: Public Law 106-395 [H.R. 2883]
United States Congress (2000)
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to confer U.S. citizenship automatically and retroactively to certain foreign-born children adopted by citizens of the United States.


Violence Against Women Act of 2013
Originally signed in 1994, this bill provides protection and immigration relief options for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The 2013 VAWA strengthens the legislation with increased protections for Native American women and other victims previously left vulnerable by gaps in the law.


William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 (P.L. 110-457)
In addition to expanding protections for trafficking victims generally, the TVPRA made procedural and substantive changes to immigration legal relief for unaccompanied alien children. Specifically, section 235 of the TVPRA increased many protections for unaccompanied alien children seeking relief from removal, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum.


Special Immigrant Status for Certain Aliens Declared Dependent on a Juvenile Court (Special Immigrant Juvenile)
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 8, § 204.11 (2012)
Provides guidance on the process for establishing an immigrant child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa when the child has been placed in foster care and is declared dependent by a juvenile court.


California Senate Bill 1064: Reuniting Immigrant Families
Signed into law October 1, 2012, the Reuniting Immigrant Families Act prioritizes keeping children with their families and out of the public child welfare system when possible. SB1064 authorizes more time for child welfare agencies to find and reunite detained and deported parents with their children or find placement with relatives, regardless of their immigration status. It requires the California Department of Social Services to provide guidance on filing special immigrant relief options and for working with foreign consulates regarding the custody of children of deported parents.


Webinar: The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act: A Case Study on California’s Senate Bill 1064
This is a recording of the The Reuniting Immigrant Families Act: A Case Study on California’s Senate Bill 1064 webinar. Speakers included Yali Lincroft, Consultant, First Focus Campaign for Children; Wendy Cervantes, Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus Campaign for Children; Alex Salgado, Legislative Aide to California Senator Kevin de Leon; and Laurie Melrood, Children’s Advocate, Arizona.


All County Letter No. 14-21
In March of 2014, the California Department of Social Services issued this all county letter, which provides information on the key components of Senate Bill 1064.