Representing Juvenile Immigrants

Recorded Date: 
11/03/2011
Recorded Length: 
120 minutes

Using a hypothetical child's case, this webinar covers immigration relief specific to children, as well as how to pursue more general forms of immigration relief in a child-centered way. It addresses working with children detained by the federal government and the intersection of juvenile delinquency and immigration. This program is appropriate both for beginners and for people with substantial immigration experience who do not have significant training on working with children.

Presenters:
Angie Junck, ILRC Staff Attorney and co-author of ILRC's SIJS manual
At the ILRC, Angie coordinates the Immigrant Youth Project to provide advocacy on behalf of immigrant youth in order to improve their lives and ensure their fair and humane treatment in the United States. She provides trainings, technical assistance, and written materials to immigrant youth and their families, as well as to decision makers and service providers, such as social workers, dependency attorneys, juvenile justice officials, legislators, juvenile and family court judges, and community based groups and advocates. She is an author of various ILRC publications, including A Guide for Immigration Advocates, Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit, and Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship.

Kristen Jackson, Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Project at Public Counsel and co-author of ILRC's SIJS manual
Kristen represents abused, abandoned or neglected children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the delinquency, dependency, and probate systems – both before the immigration service and in immigration court. She also provides SIJS trainings and SIJS technical assistance across the country. She currently co-teaches the Immigration Clinic at UCLA’s School of Law. Before joining Public Counsel, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Advocacy for Parents and Children Clinic.

Hayley Upshaw, Staff Attorney, Legal Services for Children
Hayley joined LSC in August 2008. She was awarded an Equal Justice Works fellowship to represent unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Bay Area. She assists youth in obtaining safe, stable living arrangements through guardianship or dependency, in getting the educational services they require, and in pursuing immigration relief. Before attending law school, Hayley taught elementary school for three years in San Jose, California. During law school, she represented youth in school expulsion hearings and delinquency proceedings and provided special education advocacy for foster youth.