Information for Observers of VTC Immigration Court
for Detained Children

The Administration has begun using what is referred to as a VTC (video teleconference) "Rocket Docket" from the Atlanta Immigration Court for detained migrant children in the Houston area. As immigration practitioners have grave concerns about due process and other fairness issues for the children in these dockets (see our blog post on the issue here), and because we anticipate the program could be expanded to include other cities where migrant children are detained, an observer program has been instituted to document the proceedings.

Below you will find various fillable PDF templates* to use when observing court and to provide your statement of what you observed. There is also a link to submit these forms and statements when you are finished with an observation. (*Note, you may have to download the PDF into Adobe Reader or a similar PDF program for the fillable portions of the forms to work.)

VTC Court Observer Instructions

Observer Template - To Print

General Statement Template

Individual Statement Template

Helpful Descriptors for Observers