Collaborative Effort Leads to Legal Status for Undocumented Minor

Ana came to our Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) Clinic in early 2023 to find a pathway to citizenship for her 17-year-old daughter. After her intake interview, it became apparent that Ana’s daughter qualified for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) based on her father’s abandonment. Given that her 18th birthday was quickly approaching, it was necessary …

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Seminar: Immigration Bond Training

Join our Zoom training to learn how to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings, a short-term, low-commitment pro bono opportunity suitable for all attorneys. Clients represented at bond hearings have a better chance of release, and you can earn 1 hour of CLE credit.

Beset Practices Before the Immigration Court

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.

Seminar: Best Practices Before the Immigration Court

Looking to succeed in your next immigration case? Join our upcoming seminar, “Best Practices Before the Immigration Court.” This seminar is designed for new immigration attorneys seeking to gain knowledge about the immigration court system, prepare and file motions, pleadings, and other court documents, as well as develop strategies for presenting evidence and arguing effectively in front of immigration judges. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert and gain the tools you need to navigate the complex world of immigration law. Register now for an informative and interactive session!

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Training
for Pro Bono Attorneys

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of protection available to immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent. On Tuesday Feb 28, CVLS is partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center to host a SIJS training for pro bono attorneys. Participants will learn how to file these cases in different types of courts in IL, as well as best practices for preparing the orders and working with clients.

Everything You Thought About Immigration Law Was Wrong

Assumptions, misconceptions, and myths abound in immigration law; from just “getting in line” for legal status to the U.S. government being able to immediately sending prospective immigrants back to their home countries. How we think immigration law should function is very different from the reality. Join us on January 22nd to separate fact from fiction and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an immigration attorney.

Seminar: Everything You Thought About Immigration Law Was Wrong

Assumptions, misconceptions, and myths abound in immigration law; from just “getting in line” for legal status to the U.S. government being able to immediately sending prospective immigrants back to their home countries. How we think immigration law should function is very different from the reality. Join us on January 22nd to separate fact from fiction and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an immigration attorney.

One Undergraduate Student Helps Another toward Pathway to Citizenship

CVLS Northwestern intern, Tess wrapped up one of her cases with the supervision of CVLS staff. She did all of the heavy lifting on an SIJS case for Timur Kulik, a 20-year-old college student from Slovakia. Despite a challenging childhood, Timur did incredibly well in high school and received a full-ride scholarship to study biological sciences at the University of Southern California.

What to Know About the Migrant Displacement

Chicago has recently seen buses of Central American migrants delivered to Union Station without notice or warning. These people had no idea they were coming here and no idea what they will do now. Other sanctuary cities are getting their own groups sent by Florida and Texas governors. However, beyond the obvious headlines, these migrants come with practical and legal issues and an obvious need for pro bono legal assistance. CVLS Immigration Attorney Massiel Tarango will introduce the issues and discuss some options for possible relief.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – How to Obtain a Predicate Order in State Court

Learn about how to obtain a predicate order in state court to provide an undocumented child with a path to citizenship in the United States. Volunteers represent a petitioner in an uncontested guardianship or custody case in Cook and collar counties.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created by Congress to enable undocumented immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to acquire lawful permanent residence in the United States when returning to their home country would not be in their best interests. SIJS cases are a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who are interested in ensuring safety for immigrant children.

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