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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - How Can You Help? (March Madness)
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/25/2020
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
8:30 AM to 12:40 PM
Where: Troutman Sanders Midtown
600 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

Online registration is available until: 3/24/2020
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3.5 CLE Hours


About The Program:  

Catholic Charities represents children and adults in removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court, before USCIS in family based and humanitarian immigration matters, and before Georgia Juvenile Courts in dependency matters.  

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) is a national non-profit organization that mentors pro bono attorneys serving unaccompanied immigrant children who face the possibility of deportation from the United States. 

Old Text: This presentation will primarily cover the immigration forms of relief for children and their families, with a special focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile visas and obtaining the necessary Juvenile Court order in Georgia. We will also discuss representing children before Immigration Court and the special rules that apply to unaccompanied children applying for asylum, as well as the new deferred action programs. 


New Text: If you are experienced in doing dependency petitions in Juvenile Court, or custody/legitimation actions in Superior Court, this presentation will build on your experience and teach you how to get the necessary orders for children to get Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.


Registration Fees:

Atlanta Bar Members: $50

Non-members: $110

Law Student Members: $5

Law Student Non-Members: $10

Legal Support Staff: $5


Register for three Pro Bono March Madness CLE Programs and save $20! (must use the below registration form when registering for multiple CLE events)

Atlanta Bar Members: $130; Non-members: $310


Non-Members must register via THIS registration form




Amy Fairchild Haer, Attorney and Senior Program Director, Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities Atlanta; Fatemeh Mehrabi, Staff Attorney, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND); and Maria Rodriguez, Staff Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)




8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Welcome and Introduction to Immigration Law

A. Introduction of Presenters 

·         Who we are

·         What we’ll cover


B. Who are you? 

·         What are the practice areas of the audience?

·         Who has any experience in immigration court?

·         Who has any experience in juvenile court?


C. Overview of Catholic Charities Atlanta Immigration Services and KIND 

·         Services offered by Catholic Charities Atlanta Immigration Services

·         Services offered by KIND


D. How and why do immigrant children come to the United States?

E. Immigration 101 

·         Immigration abbreviations

·         Immigration agencies

·         The basic ways to immigrate to the US: Family-based immigration (Visa Bulletin), employment-based immigration, humanitarian remedies

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM - Immigration Remedies for Undocumented Children and Families Humanitarian Immigration Relief



  • Purpose
  • How to qualify
  • Benefits
  • How you can get involved as a pro bono attorney



  • Purpose
  • How to qualify
  • Benefits
  • How you can get involved as a pro bono attorney


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Purpose
  • How to qualify (*distinguish from U-visa)
  • Benefits
  • How you can get involved as a pro bono attorney


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Deferred Action for Parents, and Central American refugee program


  • Purpose
  • How to qualify
  • Benefits
  • How you can get involved as a pro bono attorney


11:00 AM - 11:15 AM - BREAK

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM - Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

  • What is it?
  • Who does it help?
  • History of SIJS
  • How to qualify
  • Benefits
  • How you can get involved as a pro bono attorney

·         Filing private dependency petitions in juvenile courts

·         Filing SIJS forms with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


11:40 AM – 12:10 PM -  What if your client is in immigration removal proceedings? 

Overview of Immigration Court Proceedings and Procedure

  • Players in Immigration Court
  • Immigration Court procedure
  • Master calendar hearings vs. individual “merits” hearings
  • Motions to terminate and other motions before the Immigration Court


12:10 AM – 12:40 PM - Best practices for working with child Respondents

  • Working with a Child Client: Considerations and Tools
  • Presenting the testimony of a minor child before the Immigration Court
  • Psychological/emotional traumas to consider with minor children Respondents


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