Unaccompanied Minor Pro Bono Training on September 30, 2014


HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana,conducted a training for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors on September 30th, 2014. Below are links to video of the training.

The first link connects you to a recording of the immigration portion of the children. It is geared towards experienced immigration attorneys who want to learn how to handle the immigration portion of a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Petition. The second link is geared towards experienced family law attorneys who want to learn how to handle the custody or dependency portion of an SIJ case.

Materials that were distributed prior to and at the training appear below the links to the video. A copy of the Power Point presentation that was used during the immigration portion of the training is also available below. 




Most unaccompanied minors that we see come from Central America. Below is a list of materials that provide a situational overview of Central American Minors (CAM) that was prepared by Samuel L. Reichman, former Refugee Resettlement Intern for HIAS, the national organization:

Country Condition Report on Honduras<http://gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org/refugee/files/2015/01/CCR-Honduras.pdf from the National Partnership for Community Training

Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, Responses http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2524001, an orientation from American University

Human Rights Watch World Report 2014: Honduras http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters/honduras?page

 Murder and Migration in Honduras: Immigrant America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vINx0ajcVw, a video from VICE News

CAM-Specific Issues

Gang Phenomenon in Central America https://usccb.adobeconnect.com/_a833422997/p22u3g24831/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal, an archived webinar from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services, Foster Care Team

Thousands of Girls and Women are Fleeing Rape, Sexual Violence, and Torture in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/talking_points_and_stories, a series of talking points from the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

You Don't Have Rights Here: US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm http://www.hrw.org/reports/2014/10/16/you-don-t-have-rights-here-0, a report from Human Rights Watch

CAM Resources for Practitioners

Fact Sheet: In-Country Refugee Parole Program http://www.state.gov/j/prm/releases/factsheets/2014/234067.htm, from the US Department of State

Unaccompanied Children Resource Center Website http://www.uacresources.org/, from the Immigration Advocates Network, American Bar Association, and Pro Bono Net

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras<http://www.uscis.gov/news/temporary-protected-status-extended-honduras, an announcement from US Citizenship and Immigration Services