Updates to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status under the TVPRA

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120 minutes

This webinar provides an update on how the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA signed into law on December 23, 2008) is being implemented, specifically focusing on interpretations of the changed eligibility requirements for filing a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petition.

Expert practitioners share issues, strategies, and updates in obtaining SIJS in light of the TVPRA, including juvenile court orders from dependency, delinquency, and probate courts and submitting SIJS applications that are acceptable to CIS and the immigration court. 

Note: If the regulations interpreting the SIJS statute under the TVPRA have been implemented at the time of this webinar, we will focus on the substance of those regulations.

Angie Junck, ILRC Staff Attorney
At the ILRC, Angie coordinates the Immigrant Youth Project to provide advocacy on behalf of immigrant youth in order to improve their lives and ensure their fair and humane treatment in the United States. She provides trainings, technical assistance, and written materials to immigrant youth and their families, as well as to decision makers and service providers, such as social workers, dependency attorneys, juvenile justice officials, legislators, juvenile and family court judges, and community based groups and advocates. She is an author of various ILRC publications, including A Guide for Immigration Advocates, Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit, and Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship.

Kristen Jackson, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Project at Public Counsel
Kristen represents abused, abandoned or neglected children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the delinquency, dependency, and probate systems – both before the immigration service and in immigration court. She also provides SIJS trainings and SIJS technical assistance across the country. She currently co-teaches the Immigration Clinic at UCLA’s School of Law. Before joining Public Counsel, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Advocacy for Parents and Children Clinic.

Deborah Lee, Staff Attorney, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
Deborah primarily represents detained immigrant children at FIAC in their Immigration Court proceedings. She also represents non-detained immigrant children, as well as adults, before the Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to FIAC, Debbie was a staff attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and its Detention Project in Los Angeles. As a CLINIC/Jesuit Refugee Service Fellow with CLINIC, she represented detained immigrant children, as well as detained adult clients, in the Southern California area.  She earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar.