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.

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

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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

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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

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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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Responding to Inappropriate RFEs and NOIDS in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases

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Responding to Inappropriate RFEs and NOIDS in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases

Sharon Hing, Alison Kamhi, and Rachel Prandini, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (December 2018)
This practice advisory provides an overview of the law governing RFEs and NOIDs, outlines the changes to USCIS policy announced in the July 2018 Policy Memo, and sets forth a six-step process to follow when responding to requests for additional evidence. Also included are sample arguments to make when responding to common RFE and NOID scenarios in the SIJS context.
 

Public Charge and Naturalization

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Public Charge and Naturalization

Erin Quinn and Melissa Rodgers, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (November 21, 2018)
This practice advisory provides an update on public charge for advocates providing naturalization legal assistance. The advisory briefly discusses the legal standard for assessing public charge and then discusses how to advise lawful permanent residents looking to naturalize.

Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration

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Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration

Generations United (2018)

This report highlights the additional hurdles faced by grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent’s detention or deportation. Those hurdles include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children’s needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies.

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How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

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How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

Protecting Immigrant Families (August 7, 2018)

This document reviews key Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign messages and talking points related to communicating with immigrant communities about public charge.

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Risks of Applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Affirmative Cases

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Risks of Applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Affirmative Cases

Immigration Legal Resource Center (August 31, 2018)

This Practice Advisory answers common questions about the risks of filing affirmative SIJS cases for youth in a variety of scenarios, such as when the youth has a delinquency history, the youth is over the age of 18, or the youth is alleged to be gang-involved.

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