Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
HIAS Pennsylvania Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project Director Elizabeth Yeager will be presenting and participating on a panel at the ABA National Conference on Children and the Law this week in Washington, DC. The panel, called Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for Youth in Care will focus on the daunting challenges that undocumented youth in the U.S. often face, particularly as they enter foster care or the juvenile justice system. SIJS is a pathway to permanent legal residency and greater stability in abused and neglected children’s lives.
The session will provide an overview of SIJS eligibility and process, and will examine common roadblocks to SIJS success. Presenters will offer strategies to overcome advocacy challenges, best practices from diverse perspectives, and a view from the state court bench. In addtion to Ms. Yeager, the panel will feature current Juvenile Law Center Zubrow Fellow Catherine Feeley who will be joining the HIAS PA staff as a Stoneleigh Fellow in September, 2015.
Co-panelists include the Honorable Michael K. Newell, Delaware Family Court, Wilmington, DE, Eileen Matuszak, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington, DC Eliza Hirst, JD, Office of the Child Advocate, Wilmington, DE and Meredith Linksy, JD, moderator, ABA Commission on Immigration. The conference is the 16TH ABA NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN & THE LAW and will take place July 24-25, 2015 in Washington, DC.