Gilbert helped immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border, without a parent or guardian, navigate complex immigration court proceedings. Fellows represent children in immigration removal proceedings, as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and state court proceedings related to a child’s immigration case. Responsibilities include screening clients for trauma, abuse, and trafficking and making referrals to additional services as appropriate.
Jeremy Corley provided legal representation for immigrant minors who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by at least one parent. The minors are provided with legal representation in immigration court and assistance with applications for legal status.
The basic legal needs of a very vulnerable population are addressed by this project. Dealing with a new language and new laws in a new country is an enormous burden on the clients, most of whom have very modest means. This project directly addresses the gaps in language and legal knowledge faced by the clients. Historically, respondents in immigration courts have a far better success rate when represented by counsel.
Elizabeth Salas assisted unaccompanied minors to gain legal status. This project assisted unaccompanied minors find a way out of the dangerous countries they are trying to escape from.