This webinar is intended for practitioners with some prior familiarity with special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS). This webinar will cover issues that arise after your client has been granted SIJS, including possible grounds for revocation of the I-360 and eligibility for adjustment of status based on SIJS. We will provide practice tips for helping young clients navigate the often-protracted process of awaiting visa availability and seeking SIJS-based adjustment of status.
Rachel Prandini, Staff Attorney - ILRC
Rachel is one of ILRC’s staff attorneys based in San Francisco. Rachel focuses on immigrant youth issues, including unaccompanied minors and immigrant youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Rachel provides technical assistance and trainings to immigration and state court attorneys, social workers, and judges. She works on statewide and national policy that affects the rights of immigrant youth and is frequently consulted for her expertise in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Rachel co-authored the ILRC’s publication Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth. Prior to joining the ILRC, Rachel 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. Previously, Rachel worked as an associate at Paul Hastings, LLP, and volunteered as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied minors. Rachel earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis, where she was a member of the Immigration Law Clinic and worked on complex deportation defense cases and detention issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Westmont College, where she double-majored in philosophy and political science. Rachel is admitted to the bar in California. She is conversant in Spanish.
Kris Jackson, Senior Staff Attorney - Public Counsel
Kris Jackson is a senior staff attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. She has expertise in asylum and children’s immigration issues, including special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) and the intersection of immigration and juvenile justice. Kristen has litigated SIJS issues in state and federal court and is co-counsel in federal litigation to protect children’s right to seek asylum before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has authored numerous publications, including a practice advisory on suppression and termination strategies for children, and she taught the asylum clinic at UCLA School of Law for over a decade. Kristen clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School.