Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

Production Date: April 18, 2016 Practice Areas: Immigration Law, Civil Rights, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3655 minutes


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Since the summer of 2014, an increasing number of children have been migrating to the United States alone. Many of these young immigrants are fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, extreme poverty, and terrorization by gang members in their home countries. Once apprehended upon entry to the United States, unaccompanied children are placed into immigration removal (i.e., deportation) proceedings, but are not appointed counsel. Many are eligible to remain in the United States legally, but without an attorney, children stand alone to plead their cases before an Immigration Judge and a trained government prosecutor. 


This course, led by attorneys Matthew Blaisdell and Claire Thomas, is designed for attorneys from all professional backgrounds to develop a basic understanding of who unaccompanied children are and why they are in Immigration Court. In addition, this course will give attorneys a basic understanding of the different ways of securing immigration status for children, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), relief for victims of human trafficking, prosecutorial discretion, termination motions, as well as practice tips to secure these forms of relief. Finally, this course will enable attorneys to take concrete steps to represent a young person so that no child stands alone in immigration court. 


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand who unaccompanied children are and why they are in Immigration Court 

II.    Recognize different forms of immigration relief for unaccompanied children and learn practice tips for effective representation 

III.   Identify ways practitioners can help this vulnerable population

Richard R.

Well done! Appreciated both for their professionalism and knowledge. Also appreciated the fact that they did not shamelessly advertise for themselves. Thank you

Stacy A.
Seattle, WA

Excellent, thank you.

Peter S.
Evanston, IL

very good presentation

Jamaal B.
Bronx, NY

Interesting and timely subject matter, especially in this iteration of America.

Joanna S.
Brooklyn, NV

solid information

Wendy S.
Baton Rouge, LA

Helpful & informative.

Aimee T.
Ramsey, NJ

Excellent presentation

Ify U.

Wonderful presentation. Highly informative. Thank you.

Sha-Shana C.
Takoma Park, MD

Excellent Presentation.

Frederick K.
Dayton, NV

A very informative course not only for the beginner, but those who have some experience in immigration.

James B.
Edmonds, WA

I like the format with two presenters.

Zachary M.
Melville, NY

Inspiring. Hopefully the new administration won't render this worthy endeavor academic.

Jorge R.
Orlando, FL

Good presentation.

John C.
Henderson, NV

Great program.

simana r.
Albany, CA

Really informative.

Hillary A.
Seattle, WA

The format of this CLE as a Q/A worked well. I enjoyed this program and its presenters.

carol ann a.
Toms River, NJ

A refreshing change: a course which encourages one to use credentials for more than income. Appreciate the advocacy. CLE should make one think - not to mention feel.

Cynthia W.
Anacortes, WA

Excellent materials. Thanks!

Margaret H.
Spring Valley, NY

Thank you very much, clearly stated and intelligently discussed

Patricia B.
Deerfield, IL

Comprehensive, succinct and important presentation.

Jamilee K.
Ashburn, VA

This presentation was very well-done. I learned much from the presenters.

F. Kim C.
Happy Valley, OR

The complicate chart used by the speaker was actually very good.

Jennifer K.
Brielle, NJ

Well done. Interesting and informative.

Steve S.
delray beach, FL


Thomas P.
Pasadena, CA

very basic beginner level course.

Carolyn A.

I liked the Q and A format.

Fabian G.
Edinburg, TX


Mickie B.
Dallas, TX

Very informative

Carrie O.
Forest Hills, AL

Excellent overview of SIJS and great summary of asylum

Fredda B.
Chicago, IL

Commend you on your interesting presentation and the great work you do to assist these children.

Constance H.
Penfield, NY

What an outstanding presentation. So impressed by what Attorney Thomas is doing for so many young children.

Patrick M.
Hoffman Estates, IL

Great team work. I learned a lot.

tina w.
Newark, NJ


Richard M.
Flushing Queens, NY

This course has motivated me to look further

Harmony M.
Hot Springs, AR

great way to ease atty into much needed area that can be intimidating to enter.