There are a number of special issues that practitioners should be aware of when working with immigrant youth, as they are often overlooked. In this program, attorneys Matthew Blaisdell and Rebecca McBride discuss topics that impact young immigrants, ranging from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to VAWA. They provide both an overview of issues involving forms of immigration relief available to immigrant youth, as well as issues that often arise in the representation of immigrant youth.
I. Obtain a basic understanding of this area of immigration practice
II. Note policy issues affecting this population
III. Identify ongoing problems and challenges in representing immigrant youth
IV. Recognize ways to combat these issues
Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.
He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and non-immigrant visas.
He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).
Becky McBride is the Director of Legal Services for Atlas: DIY, where she is responsible for overseeing the organization’s “Strengthening Nontraditional Immigrant Families” project. She represents immigrant youth in their cases for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, T-nonimmigrant status, and U-nonimmigrant status, and also provides Know Your Rights trainings to immigrant youth and their parents throughout New York City. Previously, Rebecca served as Atlas’s Supervising Staff Attorney. Fluent in Spanish, Becky has worked on over 300 cases involving immigrants in New York City. She regularly appears in family court throughout the five boroughs, and in New York Immigration Court. Since graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2013, Becky has worked almost exclusively with immigrant youth, including Central American asylum seekers at Central American Legal Assistance, as SIJS and DACA eligible youth at The Door Legal Services Center.
Very informative. Well done!
really enjoyed the 2 person presentation as opposed just the one presenter
Timely and authoritative
Excellent, informative, caring of the clients. Speaker and moderator very knowledgeable and presented informative down to earth way. Good overview, neither too detailed nor sparse.
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