The range of legal defenses for children in removal proceedings has dramatically expanded due to government mistreatment such as improper service of papers, keeping kids in painfully cold rooms, and not advising children of their rights. This webinar will arm immigration attorneys with practical advice on launching termination and suppression challenges for children.
Rex Chen, Esq.
Rex Chen is based in New York City and formerly worked at Legal Aid Society and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. He has helped with screening and representing unaccompanied children on the rocket docket in New York City Immigration Court. He frequently gives presentations about suppression motions in immigration court, including terminating cases when CBP fails to give children an I-770 form. He runs a secret joint defense group for lawyers filing suppression motions and has made a documentary video about an immigrant wrongly convicted of murder. He is a Board member of the National Immigration Project.
Kathleen M. Glynn, Esq.
Kathleen M. Glynn has practiced immigration law exclusively since 2007. Her practice focuses on the representation of immigrant children in all aspects of their immigration matters and removal defense. Katie is the former Managing Attorney of the Children’s Program at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. In 2012, Katie was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship. As a Fellow, Katie worked with Colorado’s county Departments of Human Services to provide immigration-related legal services to children and families involved with the child welfare system. Katie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2005. Her legal research and writing has been published in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin and by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Kristen Jackson, Senior Staff Attorney - Public Counsel, Immigrants’ Rights Project
Kristen Jackson is a Senior Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project in Los Angeles. She also teaches the Asylum Clinic at UCLA School of Law. Kristen has expertise in children’s immigration issues, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the intersection of immigration and juvenile justice. She has litigated SIJS issues in state and federal court, resulting in published opinions. She is co-counsel on J.E.F.M. v. Holder (seeking government-appointed counsel for children in removal proceedings). Kristen clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Helen Lawrence, Esq.
Helen Lawrence has an Oakland-based immigration law practice dedicated to providing direct representation and legal services to individuals before immigration courts and agencies. Her practice focuses on the representation of children, youth, and young adults. Helen attended Harvard Law School, where she was involved in the International Human Rights Clinic and the Immigration and Refugee Clinic (and worked on human rights investigations in El Salvador and Brazil). She graduated from Harvard in 2009, and then completed a fellowship with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center focusing on the intersection of immigrant youth, juvenile justice, and gangs. She is inspired by immigrants’ contributions, strength, and resilience.
Rachel Prandini, ILRC Unaccompanied Minor Law Fellow
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.