Putting the “Special” Back in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Putting the “Special” Back in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Putting the “Special” Back in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status - Seminar Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 12/13/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) relief is a central form of humanitarian relief for qualifying immigrant youth. It is a practice area that has witnessed a lot of challenges, but also, more importantly, many advancements in recent times. The panelists will cover a range of hot topics, including a summary of class action litigation that has successfully challenged USCIS policies trying to undermine this relief, Visa Bulletin trends for this category, and the publication of new regulations. They also will discuss the latest policy advancement to grant deferred action to SIJ-approved petitioners with access to work authorization starting in May 2022. Finally, the speakers will provide important practice tips and reminders on preserving adjustment eligibility under this category, travel advice, and preparing clients for naturalization as a goal.

Featured Topics:

  • Class Action Litigation Round Up: Challenging NOIDs, NOIRs Related to State Court Findings, Age Outs, and Jurisdictional Issues
  • Overview of Newly Published Regulations
  • Deferred Action and Work Permits in Action
  • Preserving Eligibility and Avoiding or Challenging Inadmissibility Grounds
  • Travel Advice and Naturalization

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Kristen Jackson (DL), Los Angeles, CA

Kristen Jackson is a senior staff attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. She has expertise in children’s immigration issues, including special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) and the intersection of immigration and juvenile justice. Kristen has litigated SIJS issues in state and federal court and has co-authored numerous publications relied upon by children’s attorneys nationwide. Kristen clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Dalia Castillo-Granados, Houston, TX

Dalia Castillo-Granados is the co-founder and director of the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Immigration. Dalia is a frequent speaker on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and led the effort at the ABA to advocate for deferred action for SIJS youth stuck in the visa backlog. Prior to working at CILA, Dalia represented hundreds of children in their immigration proceedings and before Texas state court.

Eva C. Cockerham, Baltimore MD

Eva C. Cockerham is a partner/managing attorney at Jaskot Law in Baltimore City, Maryland where she has successfully handled over 300 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. She is the current chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Immigration Law Section and a member of the U-Visa committee. Ms. Cockerham received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2012).

Rachel Prandini, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco, CA

Rachel Prandini is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), where she focuses on immigrant youth issues, including unaccompanied minors and immigrant youth in the youth justice and child welfare systems. Rachel co-authors the ILRC’s publication Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth. Rachel earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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