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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Practitioners who will be counseling or representing unaccompanied immigrant children facing removal proceedings can now access a four-unit, independent e-learning course that is offered at no cost by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Using recorded webinar presentations, readings, and sample documents, the course is designed to help participants better understand the laws and skills required to represent unaccompanied children. The issues and topics covered include the following:

  • The factors contributing to the large numbers of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States
  • The current policies relating to detention and release of unaccompanied children
  • Special considerations involved in representing children, including best practices for interviewing and counseling children and for addressing ethical concerns
  • Key remedies available to unaccompanied children, including special immigrant juvenile status, asylum, U and T visas for victims of criminal activity and/or human trafficking, motions to suppress, and prosecutorial discretion

Course participants will also receive information related to pro bono opportunities to represent unaccompanied children. Participants who are unfamiliar with removal proceedings also can access the CLINIC e-course, Overview of Representing Children in Removal Proceedings, which reviews the fundamentals of immigration court proceedings.

Independent Study: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What to Do and How to Do It is available at