Resources for Legal Professionals

Resources on this page provide information on the unique issues and challenges facing immigrant children and families in the legal realm as well as best practices and recommendations for addressing the particular legal situations of immigrant families and children.

Practice Alert: USCIS Policy Manual Updates Related to Asylees and Refugees

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Practice Alert: USCIS Policy Manual Updates Related to Asylees and Refugees

AILA Doc. No. 21040830 (April 8, 2021)

This document created by the American Immigration Lawyers Association summarizes and lists the details of the recent changes that were made to the USCIS Policy Manual for working with Asylees and Refugees. (Document access requires an AILA account).

 

Working with Immigrant Families Involved in the State Child Welfare System: The Child Welfare Agency’s Role

By | Child Well-Being, Foster Care, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight

Working with Immigrant Families Involved in the State Child Welfare System: The Child Welfare Agency’s Role

ABA (April 1, 2021)

This webinar is intended to offer guidance to attorneys that work on behalf of child welfare agencies or the state.  The webinar discusses ways to support immigrant youth in foster care.

ICE Interim Guidance on Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Priorities

By | Deportation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight

ICE Interim Guidance on Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Priorities 

AILA (March 8, 2021) 

This practice alert provides guidance on the “Johnson Memo” which includes enforcement actions, custody decisions, and final orders for removal. The authors note that this memo does not take into consideration the 100-day moratorium proposed by the previously released Pekoske Memo.  

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & Visa Availability

By | Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & Visa Availability

Rachel Prandini, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (January 21, 2021)

This practice advisory reviews the backlog of visas for youth from specific countries that are applying for a green card through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and offers practice advice for representing these youth that might experience a long wait for their green card.

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

By | Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Public Charge

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

Peggy Gleason & Ariel Brown, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (January 29, 2021)

This brief details updates to USCIS services offered during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes information about USCIS’s automatic 60-day extension to Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) and additional responses that are applicable through March 31, 2021.

Summary of Immigrant Ineligibility for Federal Public Benefits

By | Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Practice Highlight, Public Charge, State Policies

Summary of Immigrant Ineligibility for Federal Public Benefits

CLINIC (November 24, 2020)

This toolkit provides an overview of financial ineligibility for public benefits, ineligibility for federal public benefits based on immigration status, and eligibility for section 8 housing choice voucher program, section 8 housing project-based rental assistance, or public housing.

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Affordable Housing and Public Charge Toolkit

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Affordable Housing and Public Charge Toolkit 

Protecting Immigrant Families (November, 2020) 

This toolkit, developed in partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) state policy subcommittee, is geared toward immigration attorneys seeking to counsel clients who may be concerned about the impact their participation in affordable housing programs will have on their applications for permanent residency. 

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

By | Highlighted Resources, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Public Charge

Updated Practice Alert: Temporary Changes to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Response to COVID-19

Peggy Gleason & Ariel Brown, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (September 23, 2020)

This brief provides an updated version of USCIS services offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reimagining Children’s Immigration Proceedings: A Roadmap for an Entirely New System Centered around Children

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Unaccompanied Minors

Reimagining Children’s Immigration Proceedings: A Roadmap for an Entirely New System Centered around Children

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (October 2020)

This report, developed by experts in various fields, details a new framework for the federal government to use for providing aid to separated or unaccompanied minors that request to reside permanently in the United States. 

Practice Advisory on Filing DACA Applications

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Practice Advisory on Filing DACA Applications

CLINIC (August 24, 2020)

CLINIC has updated its DACA advisory to reflect memos and changes from the Department of Homeland Security as well as the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services. These changes include USCIS’ rejection of renewal requests that are more than 150 days from current expiration of status and that a travel document may be considered.

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Helping Immigrant Clients with Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Services Providers

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Helping Immigrant Clients with Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Services Providers

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (June 14, 2019)

This guide, created by the ILRC and Californians for Safety and Justice, is an effort to turn these “rare cases” into the rule, rather than the exception, by helping to build the capacity of legal service providers and pro bono attorneys to provide post-conviction relief to immigrants who would face certain deportation without it.

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How Early Childhood Providers Can Create “Safe Space” Policies

By | Early Childhood, Immigrant Youth, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Youth & Families

How Early Childhood Providers Can Create “Safe Space” Policies

Rebecca Ullrich, CLASP (April 2019)

CLASP has released a guide to creating “safe space” policies for early childhood programs. Safe-space policies safeguard programs against immigration enforcement actions and protect families’ safety and privacy. In this guide, advocates, providers, and policymakers will find information about developing and implementing safe-space policies, sample policy text that can be adapted by individual early childhood programs, and a list of key resources for providers and parents.

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Webinar: Current Issues Impacting TPS and DED Clients

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Webinar: Current Issues Impacting TPS and DED Clients

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (March 22, 2019)

This webinar reviews recent developments that affect TPS and DED clients, including litigation challenges, advocacy efforts, and best practice recommendations.

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Advocating for the International Child

By | Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Advocating for the International Child

Susannah Volpe and Pamela Kemp, National Association of Counsel for Children Conference (August 2017)

This article provides an overview of legal options, advocacy strategies, and useful tools for navigating situations in which child welfare and child protection work intersects with immigration enforcement.

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Filing Immigration Enforcement Civil Rights Complaints for Violations of the “Sensitive Locations” Policy At or Near Your School

By | Legal Professionals, Practice, Social Workers

Filing Immigration Enforcement Civil Rights Complaints for Violations of the “Sensitive Locations” Policy At or Near Your School

National Immigration Law Center (January 2019)

This resource includes a complaint form along with instructions which may be used by any schools, individuals, or organizations that have individual or collective complaints about local law enforcement officers or immigration officials violating the “sensitive locations” memos at or near you school (or other locations) or committing misconduct, racial profiling, or other civil rights abuses in the course of enforcing immigration laws.

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