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CLE: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – a Focus on Louisiana

  • US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana 500 Poydras St, Room C455 New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

Hosted by The Pro Bono Project and Pro Bono & Juveniles Founder, Kathleen Gasparian

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From Kathleen Gasparian:

Last year, a large number of children from Central America sought refuge in Louisiana. These children are now in removal proceedings and fighting to remain here.

These cases are ongoing and challenging. It is estimated that at least 80% of these children are unrepresented. However, competent representation greatly increases their chances of remaining safely in the United States.
We are grateful to all of the Louisiana attorneys who have volunteered to handle these matters pro bono. It is impossible to measure the impact you have had on these young lives and our community. Thank you. 

There are many children who are still in need. Many of those children qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). These are children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their caregivers, and it is not in their best interest to return to their home country.

The free three hour CLE will train attorneys how to take on a SIJS case, and all participants will leave with useful resources and forms. The highlight of the CLE will be a roundtable discussion with Louisiana practitioners on how different courts in Louisiana are handling these issues. We will discuss best practices in both state and immigration court and provide tips and tricks for handling these matters.
Attorneys who are interested in taking on a matter pro bono, will have the opportunity to be matched with a case from The Pro Bono Project after the CLE.

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