Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”) is unique among immigration relief in that the application process requires the involvement of a state court. A child seeking SIJS must first ask a state court judge to make findings that, among other things, reunification with one or both parents is not viable for the child due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Once an SIJS predicate order is entered that includes these determinations, the child may submit the SIJS petition to USCIS. In this full day workshop, we will offer 3 sessions for new and veteran volunteers who are interested in representing child immigrant survivors of abuse, abandonment, or neglect in obtaining SIJ status.
Topics that will be covered in this training:
Morning Session (9:30am – 12:00pm) – SIJS 101: Everything you need to know to represent a child survivor in their SIJS case
Lunch (12:00pm – 12:30pm)
Afternoon Session A (12:30pm – 1:30pm) – Special Topic: Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy
Afternoon Session B (1:30pm – 2:30pm) – Special Topic: Spotting SIJS issues and the role of the client advocate
*Special Topics are just examples of what may be offered on the day of the training.
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