Introduction to Unaccompanied Children Immigration Law and Working in a Law Office

Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, focuses on giving non-attorney staff the foundation for understanding the interplay of courts, government agencies, regulations, legislation, and ethical obligations that attorneys forget they didn’t learn until law school.

Please note that this is not a CLE program.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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RFEs, NOIDs and Inadmissibility Issues in Texas SIJS Cases

CILA's webinar focuses on Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) issued by USCIS in SIJS cases, as well as issues of inadmissibility that may arise in SIJS cases and how to address them.

Brandon Roché and Yasmin Yavar, senior staff attorneys at CILA, present on this topic and focus on Texas SIJS cases. They start by examining what circumstances frequently trigger RFEs and NOIDs from USCIS and how to avoid them in the first place. They then delve into the proper ways to respond to an RFE and how to counter a NOID. Finally, they discuss how to address common issues of inadmissibility that arise in SIJS cases, including waiver preparation.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Texas State Court Procedural Issues in SIJS Cases

The webinar focused on various procedural issues that often arise in SIJS-related cases presented before Texas state courts. This webinar was presented with a focus for Region A providers. 

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director at CILA, presented on this topic. Dalia discusses the following: evidentiary rules and burdens of proof as they relate to conservatorship and dependency proceedings. She also discusses ways to meet the Title 5 requirements under the Family Code when dealing with challenging issues that arise in SIJS cases.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Ethical Issues in Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Matters

This webinar focuses on the ABA model rules and the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professinal Conduct. We address capacity, ability to contract, and best practices for the execution of legal documents when your client is a minor. Additionally, we discuss ethical issues that arise in juvenile visa cases when both the child and potential conservator are your clients, and consider best practices from other jurisdictions. Finally, CILA staff offer suggestions for effectively communicating with child clients so as to establish a relationship of trust, and provide tips for working with child victims of trauma.

Speakers

Brandon Roché, CILA Senior Staff Attorney
Yasmin Yavar, CILA Senior Staff Attorney

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Post-18 Issues in Texas State Courts and Before USCIS

CILA's webinar focuses on Post-18 Issues in Texas State Courts and before USCIS. The presentation covers the following topics regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions: Yasmin Yavar, Senior Staff Attorney, discusses the procedural framework related to filings with and notices from USCIS in SIJ cases. Next, David Walding, BIA Accredited Representative and Director of the Bernardo Kohler Center in Austin, provides an overview of the ongoing Budhathoki litigation pertaining to post-18 orders in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SACPRs). David also addresses Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decisions in the wake of Budhathoki. Finally, CILA Director Dalia Castillo-Granados offers state court guidance in light of USCIS' current posture in post-18 cases, and discusses specific issues related to post-18 declaratory judgments.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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Immigration Protections for Child Victims of Crime

This webinar, co-presented by Brandon Roché, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA, and Elise Griesmyer, Supervising Attorney for Catholic Charities Cabrini Center Crime Victims Assistance Program, focuses on relief for child victims of crime.  It covers the basic elements required to qualify for U, T and VAWA status.  In addition, the presentation offers guidance on effective screening techniques, types of qualifying crimes, and tips on obtaining a law enforcement certification.

Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.

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