Amanda Miller

  • Hosted by Legal Services for Children
  • Sponsored by Arnold & Porter
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Amanda will provide holistic and trauma-informed representation to the rising number of immigrant youth in the dependency system as a result of shifting immigration policies that increasingly put immigrant caregivers at risk of detention and deportation.

Recent shifts in immigration policies have immensely threatened the safety and security of immigrant families. Family separation is occurring not only at the border, but also throughout the country as undocumented immigrants are targeted, detained, and deported. As a result, a growing number of immigrant youth are ending up in the child welfare system. These youth have distinct needs from other youth in the child welfare system due to their own precarious legal status, the threat of permanent separation from family members due to deportation, and ongoing trauma as a result of emboldened xenophobia in our country. 

Amanda is motivated to leverage her legal skills and access to systems of power to challenge the insidious ways in which immigrant communities of color are targeted, criminalized, and dehumanized by our legal system. She hopes to contribute to ongoing immigrant rights movements to ensure that everyone—regardless of immigration status—has access to the resources and legal protections necessary to live a life full of dignity and safety.   

Fellowship Plans

With the support of her host organization, Amanda will innovate a dependency representation model that will account for the complex intersections of immigration law and holistic child welfare advocacy. Additionally, to prevent family separation, she will work with community organizers to arm immigrant communities with tools to prevent or minimize child welfare involvement. Finally, she will monitor the implementation of two state bills intended to provide safeguards to immigrant youth either in or at-risk of entering the child welfare system.  

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