In 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act expanded the definition of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) to allow undocumented immigrant youth to petition for legal status based on abuse, neglect, or abandonment by one or both parents. The interpretation of the “one or both parents” language has been a source of controversy in juvenile courts across the country. This webinar will examine legal developments on one-parent SIJS claims, share trends in USCIS filings involving a one-parent SIJS claim, and share strategies for successfully submitting these applications.
Presenter: Angie Junck, ILRC Supervising Attorney
Angie is a supervising attorney at the ILRC. She joined the ILRC in 2005 as a New Voices fellow. She specializes in the immigration consequences of crime and delinquency, immigration enforcement, and immigrant youth issues. She is a co-author of several ILRC publications including, Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit: The Impact of Crimes under California and Other State Laws, Remedies and Strategies for Permanent Resident Clients, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children & Youth. She helps coordinate two national collaboratives that address the intersection of the immigration and criminal justice systems—the Defending Immigrants Project, a collaborative devoted to protecting the rights of immigrants accused of crimes by providing advocacy and support within the criminal justice system and the Immigrant Justice Network, a collaborative to eliminate unjust immigration penalties for immigrants and end the criminalization of immigrant communities. She sits on the American Bar Association's Immigration Commission and is the co-chair of the Immigration Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section. Prior to joining the ILRC, she worked on post-conviction relief for immigrants at the Law Offices of Norton Tooby and advocated on behalf of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as the co-coordinator of Free Battered Women and a member of the Habeas Project. She is a proficient Spanish speaker.
Co-Presenter: Sarah Plastino, Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs – Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Prior to joining KIND, Sarah was a staff attorney in the LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, IL, where she represented detained and non-detained LGBT immigrants before the immigration court, the asylum office, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Courts of Appeal. Sarah received her J.D. and Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. During law school, Sarah interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. She was also a summer associate at Allen & Overy LLP. Prior to law school, Sarah was a legal assistant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, in Florence, AZ, where she provided free legal services to detained immigrants appearing pro se in removal proceedings at Eloy Detention Center. Sarah received her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and International Studies from the University of North Carolina. She is admitted to practice law in New York.
Co-Presenter: Kristen Jackson, Senior Staff Attorney – Public Counsel
Kristen Jackson is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Project of Los Angeles-based non-profit Public Counsel and co-teaches the Asylum clinic at UCLA School of Law. She represents asylum seekers in affirmative and defensive cases. She also represents abused, abandoned and neglected children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the delinquency, dependency, probate and adoption systems – before state courts, the immigration service, immigration courts and federal appellate courts. Kristen provides nationwide trainings and technical assistance on children’s immigration issues with a focus on SIJS. She recently co-authored Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She serves as an Asylum Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Before joining Public Counsel, Kristen clerked on 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 and a notes editor for The Yale Law Journal.