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USCIS Responds to CISOMB on UAC Asylum Process

R esponses to Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Recommendations , "Ensuring a Fair and Effective Asylum Process for Unaccompanied Children" - USCIS, Apr. 11, 2013 .

Advance Copy of HHS Grant Awards: Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of three urgent single-source grants from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program to KidsPeace in Bethlehem, PA, St. Peter and Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX, and Seton Home in San Antonio, TX." - FR Doc...

Children On The Run: UNHCR Report

"As crime and violence have increased dramatically in Mexico and Central America in recent years, UNHCR has tracked a notable increase in the number of asylum-seekers—both children and adults—particularly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala lodging claims in the region. While the...

Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings

"In the last century, hundreds of thousands of children have migrated alone to the United States. Others migrated with adults but became separated after their arrival. The reasons for their migration vary, but in many cases, war, poverty, and violence compel these children to seek refuge within...

White House: Influx of Unaccompanied Children at Border "An Urgent Humanitarian Situation"

Presidential Memorandum - Response to the Influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children Across the Southwest Border MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Response to the Influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children Across the Southwest Border The influx of unaccompanied...

Dramatic Surge in the Arrival of Unaccompanied Children Has Deep Roots and No Simple Solutions

"The phenomenon of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, typically after an arduous and often dangerous journey through Central America and Mexico, has reached a crisis proportion, with a 90 percent spike in arrivals from last year and predictions of future increases ahead....

Unaccompanied Alien Children - Legal Issues: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

"Recent reports about the increasing number of alien minors apprehended at the U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian have prompted numerous questions about so-called unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Some of these questions pertain to the numbers of children involved, their reasons for...

OCIJ Issues Friend of Court Guidance Memo re Unaccompanied Minors

The Friend of the Court Model for Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings - Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, September 10, 2014 .

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Has Receded from Headlines But Major Issues Remain

"The Central American flows have returned, at least for now, to their precrisis level, reducing the white-hot political and media focus. Underlying questions and challenges remain, however, concerning the fate of tens of thousands of newly arrived children and families now residing in the United...

In Two out of Three Pending Cases, Unaccompanied Children Have No Representation in Immigration Court: TRAC

"Unaccompanied children are represented by an attorney in only about one-third (32%) of 63,721 cases pending in Immigration Court as of October 31, 2014, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). For cases decided...

Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Responses

"This paper offers a comprehensive orientation to the recent surge in migration to the United States by unaccompanied children and families from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. To inform advocates and others working on behalf of these new...

More Judges, Lawyers Needed for Refugee Moms, Kids

"As unaccompanied immigrant minors flooded into the U.S. this summer, immigration lawyers and judges struggled to keep up. The sheer number of minors arriving brought court scheduling problems, sudden changes in federal policy and more volunteers than legal aid organizations could handle. Often...

Advance Copy of HHS Interim Final Rule: Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children

"This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR’s care provider facilities." - FR Doc. 2014-29984 Filed 12/19/2014 at 11:15 am; Publication Date: 12/24/2014 .

FAQ: Protecting Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking - LIRS

This important FAQ from Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS) dated Jan. 26, 2016 provides much-needed detail on the Flores Settlement agreement, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and more.

Senate Report - Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Jan. 28, 2016 Majority and Minority Staff Report -Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers (NIJC)

Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children - An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers (NIJC) - "The manual is designed for easy reference for legal aid organizations and pro bono attorneys and also is accessible online at immigrantjustice.org/UICBestPractices , including links...

CRS on Unaccompanied Alien Children (May 11, 2016)

CRS, May 11, 2016 - "Unaccompanied alien children are defined in statute as children who: lack lawful immigration status in the United States; are under the age of 18; and are without a parent or legal guardian in the United States or without a parent or legal guardian in the United States who is...