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Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers

  • Organization: National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
  • Document Type: Training materials
  • Date Created: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • Submitted: Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Attachment(s): PDF

In June 2015, one year after the influx of unaccompanied children across the United States' southern border, expert practitioners from legal service organizations serving immigrant children across the country, as well as pro bono attorneys and experts in children’s law, convened in Chicago to discuss best practices for managing these larger caseloads, emerging legal and practical issues, and commonly encountered challenges in the current, post-influx landscape. Prior to convening, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) surveyed participants about existing and emerging best practices and gathered examples of common challenges and solutions from participants. This manual was created in the wake of the convening, and offers best practices to advocate for protecting children’s best interests through the provision of legal representation in a very challenging field. Its chapters include valuable guidance for practitioners on a range of issues.