Rachel joined the ILRC in 2014 to focus on the growing need for legal representation for the unaccompanied minor population. Prior to the ILRC, she represented detained and released unaccompanied minors in removal defense and led a project focusing on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. While at Esperanza, Rachel also performed "Know Your Rights" work in southern California immigration detention centers for minors. Prior to joining Esperanza, Rachel worked as an associate at Paul Hastings, LLP and volunteered as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied minors. Rachel is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law, where she was a member of the Immigration Law Clinic and was fortunate to work on complex deportation defense cases and detention issues. Rachel is conversant in Spanish.
This webinar will address advanced issues in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, such as one-parent cases, challenges in probate court, continuing juvenile court jurisdiction and common inadmissibility issues.
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.
Rachel Prandini, ILRC Unaccompanied Minor Law Fellow
Hayley Upshaw, Senior Staff Attorney – Legal Services for Children (LCS)
Hayley joined LSC in August 2008 when she was awarded an Equal Justice Works fellowship to represent unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Bay Area. After her fellowship ended, Hayley continued with LSC as a staff attorney. Hayley has been active in the Detained Immigrant Children’s Project, where she supervises the provision of services to youth in an immigration detention system and works with both detained and non-detained immigrant youth. Hayley also works with non-immigrant youth in dependency and guardianship proceedings. 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. Hayley learned Spanish during a year abroad in Spain and loves to travel. She is a big fan of the local food movement and makes a weekly trip to her local farmers market.