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Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats...

Will Judge Gee's Order Cover Berks? Lawyers Are Dubious

Anthony Orozco, Reading Eagle, Sept. 15, 2015 - "While a federal judge has ordered undocumented immigrant women and children to be released from U.S. detention centers, it remains unclear what that means for the Berks County Residential Center. Local and national immigration advocates have expressed...

MPI Event, Sept. 21, 2015 - Left Behind: How the Well-Being of Children Is Affected by Parental Deportation

MPI - "Currently, an estimated 5.3 million children live with unauthorized immigrant parents, and 85 percent of these children are U.S.-born citizens. While the Obama administration has initiated some policies to reduce the impacts of parental deportation on children, they remain vulnerable to separation...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Save the Children Under the New Visa Bulletin

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 18, 2015 - "The changes made to the priority date system in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin have been positive and will provide much relief to beneficiaries of visas petitions caught in the employment and family-based backlogs. There will be two dates for the very first time...

Jones Day Leads Immigration Pro Bono Push for Refugee Kids, Moms

Stephen J. Brogan, Oct. 2015 - "A relatively recent study found that 75 percent of represented children were granted the right to remain in the United States as compared to 15 percent of unrepresented children. Since these children are usually in the custody of adults who are themselves illegal...

With few lawyers, child migrants fight alone in court to stay in the U.S.

Ivette Feliciano, PBS Newshour, Nov. 8, 2015 - "Unlike criminal court, in immigration court, the federal government is not required to provide lawyers to defendants who cannot afford them — not even unaccompanied minors like Jessica. But whether or not they have a lawyer makes a big difference...

ACLU Practice Advisory: Representing Immigrant Children Following Release from Border Patrol Custody

ACLU, Nov. 2015 - "This practice advisory provides a guide for attorneys working with immigrant children who have previously been detained by U.S. immigration officials and placed in removal proceedings."

Thousands of Kids Ordered Deported - With No Lawyer

David Rogers, Politico, Nov. 18, 2015 - "Newly released government records show the heavy cost imposed on the very youngest of the child migrants from Central America after President Barack Obama chose to accelerate their deportation hearings in the summer of 2014. In the first 13 months, nearly...

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have led to the deportation of families with valid...

Refugee Kids Find Mixed Results in Texas

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 4, 2015 - "The handwritten paper sign inside the temporary shelter elevated the hope of the freshly arrived migrant boys: “United we are invincible.” ​But by the end of the day, other Central Americans who arrived more than a year ago weren’t...

MPI Webinar Jan. 13, 2015 - A Profile of Children with Unauthorized Immigrant Parents in the United States

MPI Jan. 2016 - "Research finds that growing up with unauthorized immigrant parents places children at a disadvantage. Over the past decade, legislation that would provide a pathway to legal status for these parents stalled in Congress several times, and last year federal courts blocked implementation...

TRAC Report: Potential Impact of Immigration Raids Targeting Women with Children

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2016 - " Earlier this month the Obama Administration announced immigration raids that would be targeting women and children. While ICE has not released figures on the number of families that could potentially be targeted in future raids, a total of 18,607 "women with children"...

Children Don’t Migrate, They Flee - Photo Exhibit

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Jan. 21, 2016 - "What awaits the tens of thousands of Central American children who flee on foot to the United States isn’t necessarily a happy life. It’s intolerance. It’s claims of disease and terrorism. And it’s lawmakers voting on legislation to kick...

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and children in detention centers. Why on earth, they...

Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in court. Joined by three other legal groups, the AILA...

DOJ Judge: 3-Year-Olds Can Represent Themselves in Immigration Court

Jerry Markon, Washington Post, Mar. 4, 2016 - "A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate over whether immigrant children facing deportation...

Memphis Non-Profit Helps Young Immigrants Navigate Legal Sytem

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, Mar. 10, 2016 - " Mid-South Immigration Advocates started in 2013 helping immigrants of all ages, but the organization shifted its focus to children. Attorney and founding member Wannamaker said she helped to start the organization because she saw the...

Can Three-Year-Olds Represent Themselves in Immigration Court?

Amber L. Weeks, Mar. 2016 - "In an official deposition as a Department of Justice witness, a senior immigration judge ludicrously claimed, “I’ve taught immigration law literally to three year olds and four year olds. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of patience. They get it. It’s...

2016 Journalism Fellowship Focused on Children - IJJ (Atlanta, Mar. 30 - Apr. 1)

Institute for Justice & Journalism - "Nowhere is the U.S. demographic shift being felt sooner and more dramatically than in schools. By 2020, one in three children will be an immigrant or have an immigrant parent. How schools are responding to the fastest growing group of U.S. children will...

ICE Raids Have Chilling Effect on Education of Children: Report

Georgetown Law, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Recent raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have had a chilling effect on the education of recently arrived children – including those seeking asylum from the violence in Central America – according to a report published today...

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country. Revenues...

Thousands Of Child Migrants Go Unrepresented In Immigration Court

Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras, June 9, 2016 - "Between July 2014 and April 2016, the U.S. initiated removal proceedings against more than 64,000 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents, according to data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Many of these children...

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up in Net of Deportation

Julia Preston, New York Times, June 25, 2016 - "Deportations continue, thousands every week. In November 2014 when Mr. Obama first announced the protection programs, he also set new priorities for enforcement. Since then, immigration authorities say, their focus is on removing convicted criminals...

How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy - Stephen Manning, TEDx

TEDx, June 2016 - "Attorney Stephen W. Manning is a founding partner of Immigrant Law Group PC and the founder and director of the Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit that combines technology and litigation to create next generation activism against mass incarceration of refugees and immigrants. This...

Ninth Circuit Panel Urges Feds to Work with Lawyers for Refugee Kids

David Rogers, Politico, July 7, 2016 - "Unhappy with the choices before them, a three-judge federal appeals court panel urged the Justice Department and migrant-rights lawyers to work together more to try to reach some resolution on the question of legal counsel for children before the immigration...