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 Advisory on Filing DACA Applications In Light of Recent Court Rulings

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Practice Advisory on Filing DACA Applications In Light of Recent Court Rulings

CLINIC, (July 20, 2020)

On July 17, 2020, District of Maryland issued an order to restore DACA to pre-rescission status. This new order prevents the Department of Homeland Security from executing rescission; meaning USCIS should accept DACA applications from individuals who never held DACA.

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

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

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

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Resources, Topics

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

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Kinship Care, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Topics, Youth & Families

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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Protecting Immigrant Families Advancing Our Future: How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

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Protecting Immigrant Families Advancing Our Future: How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

National Immigration Law Center (July 8, 2018)

This issue brief summarizes topline Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign messages and talking points recommended when communicating with immigrant communities.

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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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Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, ICE, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Parental Interests Directive, Practice, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Topics, Youth & Families

Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

Women’s Refugee Commission (July, 2018)

These guides and reports provide information about family separation, safety planning, and child welfare for families facing detention and deportation. The documents provide tools for preventing family separation and resources for families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems. Available in English and Spanish.

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Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children

By | Federal Policy, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Law & Policy, Law/Policy Highlight, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Topics, Unaccompanied Minors

Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (August, 2018)

A collection of one-page fact sheets on Immigration options for Undocumented Immigrant Children.

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How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Topics

How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

National Immigration Law Center (August 7th, 2018)

This issue brief summarizes topline Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign messages and talking points recommended when communicating with immigrant communities.

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Recommendations for Reunifying Separated Family Members

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers

Recommendations for Reunifying Separated Family Members

Kids in Need of Defense (July 13, 2018)

In this publication, KIND outlines its recommendations for separated children, detained parents, and deported parents to ensure the best interests of these families and protect their access to due process.

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