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.

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Cases – Judges, Attorneys and Child Welfare Personnel

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A Toolkit for Child Welfare Cases – Judges, Attorneys and Child Welfare Personnel

Southern Arizona Transnational Task Force (2018)

The goal of this document was to initiate and improve communications and to develop a tool kit to provide judges, attorneys and DCS case workers in Arizona with detailed information on how best to address child welfare cases that involve a transnational family – those with close members and meaningful ties in at least two countries.

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Practice Advisory: Stays of Removal for DACA Recipients with Removal Orders

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Practice Advisory: Stays of Removal for DACA Recipients with Removal Orders

CLINIC (March 9, 2018)

The purpose of this practice advisory is to assist practitioners filing stays of removal for those DACA recipients who have prior removal orders. This advisory explains how to seek a stay with the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. courts of appeal. It also covers how to seek a stay of removal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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Protecting Assets & Child Custody in the Face of Deporation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families

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Protecting Assets & Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families

Appleseed (May, 2012)

This manual, which was originally published in 2012, summarizes several potential issues an individual may confront in the face of deportation or voluntary departure. The manual also outlines basic steps a person can take to manage these issues before or, if necessary, after they have left the United States.

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Court Decisions Ensure TPS Holders in Sixth and Ninth Circuits May Become Permanent Residents

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Court Decisions Ensure TPS Holders in Sixth and Ninth Circuits May Become Permanent Residents

American Immigration Council (Sept 11, 2017)

This practice advisory discusses the implications of Ramirez v. Brown and Flores v. USCIS for TPS recipients and other categories of family and employment-based adjustment.

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Practice Advisory: What the end of DACA means for your clients

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Practice Advisory: What the end of DACA means for your clients

CLINIC (Sept 11, 2017)

This advisory provides information and answer to common questions posed by practitioners.  CLINIC will continuously update this resource as DHS provides information about its plan to phase out DACA by March 5, 2018.

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RESOURCE​ ​GUIDE:​ ​Defending​ ​Immigrant​ ​Youth​ ​Post​ ​DACA

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RESOURCE​ ​GUIDE:​ ​Defending​ ​Immigrant​ ​Youth​ ​Post​ ​DACA​

Layla​ ​Razavi, California Immigrant Policy Center (Sept 5, 2017)

The California Policy Immigrant Center has compiled resources and information related to DACA, including important policy issues, upcoming events and actions, and mental health and other resources geared toward current beneficiaries.

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Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief

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Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief

Patrick Taurel, Am Immigration Council (Sept 5, 2017)

A practice resource for attorneys determining the eligibility of DACA seekers for longer-term immigration relief options.

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50-state resource aims to help parents prepare for possible deportation

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50-state resource aims to help parents prepare for possible deportation

Pat Zapor, CLINIC, July 26, 2017

CLINIC has released Emergency Planning for Immigrant Families: A 50-State Resource, which provides guidance for immigrant parents and their representatives about how to implement legal protections for their families in the case of the detention or deportation of the parents. These protections may include guardianship, conservatorship and powers of attorney.

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50-state resource aims to help parents prepare for possible deportation

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50-state resource aims to help parents prepare for possible deportation

CLINIC (July 28, 2017)

This web-based resource has state-specific documents on guardianship and other related matters for parents with undocumented status facing detention and deportation and their representatives.

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Quick Guide to Federal Child Welfare and Immigration Law

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Quick Guide to Federal Child Welfare and Immigration Law

by ABA (March 15, 2017)

This document offers a brief overview of law and resources for child welfare attorneys and others who seek options for immigrant children or parents.

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Translating “Best Interests”: Child Welfare Decisions at the US–México Border

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Translating “Best Interests”: Child Welfare Decisions at the US–México Border

Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Sept 2016)

The “best interest” principle is examined as effects judicial decisions affecting children. (Link provides abstract only without institutional or paid access.)

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A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies, and Responses

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A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies, and Responses

American Immigration Council (June 2015)

This guide provides information about the tens of thousands of children who have fled their homes in Central America and arrived at our southern border. It seeks to explain the basics about who these children are, what happens to them when they arrive in the U.S., laws in place to help them, and proposed legislation to help these children.

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Emerging Issues in State-Based Immigration Reform

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Emerging Issues in State-Based Immigration Reform

The Government Law Center, Albany Law School, 2015 Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Series (February 2015)

This resource provides materials from Albany Law School’s 2015 Warren M. Anderson Breakfast Seminar. Included in these materials on state-based immigration reform is information on unaccompanied minors, state benefits and state-issued identification documents for immigrants, and state support for immigrant legal services.

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Guidelines for Detention Center Personnel Working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minor

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Guidelines for Detention Center Personnel Working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minor

National Latina/o Psychological Association (January 2015)

A set of guidelines for individuals who work in detention centers and specifically with unaccompanied minors. The guidelines are organized by areas that contribute to the overall mental health and well-being of minors.

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