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.

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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Fact Sheet: No Child Should Face Immigration Court Alone

By | Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

Fact Sheet: No Child Should Face Immigration Court Alone

Kids in Need of Defense (August 22, 2018)

This fact sheet provides some statistics on the number of unaccompanied children in the U.S., what legal protections the have, how KIND advocates for these children, and what others can do.

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KIND Flyer for Youth in Need of Immigration Legal Assistance

By | Immigrant Youth, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Unaccompanied Minors

KIND Flyer for Youth in Need of Immigration Legal Assistance

Kids in Need of Defense (January 2018)

This simple flyer in English and Spanish with a cartoon explains the services that KIND provides to support young persons in need of immigration legal assistance.

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Legal Referrals for Asylum Seeking Families

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight

Legal Referrals for Asylum Seeking Families

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (August 2018)

ASAP has created a spreadsheet of Legal Referrals for Asylum-Seeking Families, which lists (1) hundreds of private immigration attorneys in many states and (2) information on pro se help desks and other limited scope representation efforts in various cities. Additional resources are available here.

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Developing Sustainable Repatriation and Reintegration Programs for Children and Families Separated by Borders

By | Child Well-Being, CICW Publications, CICW Toolkits, Handbooks, Guides & Books, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Developing Sustainable Repatriation and Reintegration Programs for Children and Families Separated by Borders

Elaine Weisman, LGSW/MPH and Fecility Sackville Northcott, PhD; International Social Service-USA & the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (July 2018)

This CICW practice brief provides recommendations about best practices for ensuring that children and/or their caregivers facing deportation are provided with necessary pre-departure and reintegration services to support safe and sustainable return.

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UPDATE: New Way to Reach the Immigrant Connection Project

By | Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Opportunities, Practice, Social Workers, Youth & Families

UPDATE: New Way to Reach the Immigrant Connection Project

Vera Institute of Justice (July, 2018)

Vera Institute of Justice and New America announce a new way to reach the Immigrant Connection Project (ICON). Parents and their advocates can now reach us for free via Facebook messenger from abroad, by toll free telephone from inside the United States or from immigration detention, or via email from anywhere.

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Database to Track Family Separations, Support Family Tracing, and Identify Trends

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Parenting, Social Work, Social Workers, Youth & Families

Database to Track Family Separations, Support Family Tracing, and Identify Trends

Women’s Refugee Commission & Innovation Lab (July, 2018)

The Women’s Refugee Commission and Innovation Law Lab launched a new database to help track family separations, to support family tracing, and to assist with the identification of trends. The database is simple, secure, and confidential, and it allows family separation data to be collected and organized in a centralized way to help push back against harmful practices and support litigation efforts on a case by case basis. WRC and ILL will share anonymized, aggregated data with collaborators on family separations and for use in policy advocacy and to facilitate reunifications. To sign up to use the WRC-ILL database and to obtain a login, please email intake@wrcommission.org. Questions may also be directed to intake@wrcommission.org.

Women’s Refugee Commission Intake Process for Removed Parents

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, ICE, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Relief, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Spanish Resources, Youth & Families

Women’s Refugee Commission Intake Process for Removed Parents

WRC (July 2018)

The WRC’s intake form can be used to collect key information that can help removed parents connect to legal resources and other needed assistance. Questions highlighted in yellow are particular to the ACLU lawsuit; the form includes specific consents to share information with the ACLU and/or with WRC if there is interest in doing so. If you are helping a parent complete the form, please make sure you record their consent as desired. Completed forms may be sent to intake@wrcommission.org, or uploaded to the Dropbox account noted on the form. Questions may also be directed to intake@wrcommission.org.

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Letters to Providers Reuniting Families

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Early Childhood, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Parenting, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma, Youth & Families

Letters to Providers Reuniting Families

University of Michigan and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (July 2018)

These letters to providers (for case managers, etc) in English and in Spanish describe how children might express their grief and fear and provide suggestions about how to help parents help children in the context of family separation and reunification.

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Immigrant Connection Project (ICON)

By | Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Practice, Social Work, Social Workers

Immigrant Connection Project (ICON)

Vera Institute of Justice (June 29, 2018)

The Vera Institute is one of several organizations that has a family reunification tool. On June 29th, it launched the Immigrant Connection Project (ICON), a tool for parents who have been separated from their children as a result of the administration’s zero tolerance policy. They are unable to share any data from their database, but if they find a connection, they can connect a parent or their representative to an agency that has had contact with the child.

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Trump’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border: U.S. Law, Court Rulings and Administration Policy

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

Trump’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border: U.S. Law, Court Rulings and Administration Policy

American Bar Association, Civil Rights and Social Justice (July 2018)

A free webinar from the Rapid Response program of the ABA Group: Civil Rights and Social Justice.

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Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

By | Child Well-Being, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma, Youth & Families

Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

 Child Trends and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, (June 2018)

As public officials and communities turn to the task of reuniting and supporting immigrant children and parents separated at the border, they face the difficult but critical work of helping these families heal after the trauma they have endured.In this brief, Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti, a Center investigator, teams up with Jessica Dym Bartlett, a Child Trends expert on early child trauma, to offer research-based guidance for parents, communities, states, and the federal government.

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One Year Later: Immigrant Trauma and How to Deal with It

By | Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Family Separation, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Practice Highlight, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma

One Year Later: Immigrant Trauma and How to Deal with It

The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC)

This is a webinar conducted by legal experts, social workers, educators and social service providers coming together to explain the impact of trauma faced by immigrants, how immigration policies have changed this over the year, and best practices to work with clients facing this trauma.

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Recording of “Trauma in Immigrant & Refugee Communities” webinar available

By | Child Well-Being, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Practice, Practice Highlight, Resources, Social Work, Social Workers, Trauma

Recording of “Trauma in Immigrant & Refugee Communities” webinar available

Appleseed Network (May 3, 2018)

On April 11, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q/A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities, featuring two experts in the field. More than 160 viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families.

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Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

By | Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Child Well-Being, Culture: Issues and Competencies, Deportation, Detention, Family Separation, Highlighted Resources, Immigrant Youth, Immigration Enforcement, Legal Professionals, Legal/Law, Parenting, Practice, Practice Highlight, Resources, Social Work, Social Workers

Immigrants in the Child Welfare System

ABA Center on Children and the Law, American Bar Association (May 2018)

This resource provides guidance on how to navigate a number of scenarios in which children and their families may benefit from support services but face intersecting immigration and child welfare legal challenges. The analysis informs not only child welfare professionals including case workers, attorneys, and judges, but also immigration law professionals whose clients may interact with the state child welfare system. Understanding the complexities that arise when families interact with both systems is a critical step in better advocacy for and support of immigrant children and families.

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Denied a Day in Court: The Government’s Use of In Absentia Removal Orders Against Families Seeking Asylum

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Denied a Day in Court: The Government’s Use of In Absentia Removal Orders Against Families Seeking Asylum

CLINIC (2018)

This report highlights the high rate of unrepresented families with valid asylum claims, features clients’ stories, discusses the obstacles families face in attending their immigration court hearings, explains how the immigration system fails families seeking asylum, and provides policy recommendations for how the Trump Administration and Congress can address these shortcomings.

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A Culturally Responsive Court: Lessons from Rio Grande Valley West, Texas

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A Culturally Responsive Court: Lessons from Rio Grande Valley West, Texas

Claire Chiamulera, American Bar Association (April 11, 2018)

This article describes the practice of Texas Judge Villalon who has established a culturally cognizant approach that supports Hispanic families who enter his court by addressing their cultural challenges with a sensitive, proactive approach. This approach can serve as a guide for similar practices around the country.

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