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Represent Immigrant Children

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Before the child can seek immigration status, the child must first obtain a state court order establishing the prior harm, typically in the form of a guardianship or custody (allocation of parental responsibility) order. Volunteer attorneys meet with the client and the client’s parent or guardian on numerous occasions, draft the relevant documents, prepare the client and parent/guardian for court, and develop legal arguments.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Typically 40-70 hours over several months to a year

Training and support

NIJC provides training materials and on-going support to volunteers. For a list of upcoming trainings please visit NIJC's calendar at https://www.immigrantjustice.org/calendar.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client/witness interviewing/advice, client counseling, case management, trial skills, writing/drafting, motions practice, advocacy

Skills and resources required

Most of NIJC’s clients speak languages other than English and will require an interpreter for case preparation. Although NIJC has a list of volunteer interpreters, it is the attorney/firm/corporation’s responsibility to pay for interpretation costs if you can’t find a volunteer to help you.

Location

Chicago, IL

Represent Immigrant Children

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Before the child can seek immigration status, the child must first obtain a state court order establishing the prior harm, typically in the form of a guardianship or custody (allocation of parental responsibility) order. Volunteer attorneys meet with the client and the client’s parent or guardian on numerous occasions, draft the relevant documents, prepare the client and parent/guardian for court, and develop legal arguments.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Typically 40-70 hours over several months to a year

Training and support

NIJC provides training materials and on-going support to volunteers. For a list of upcoming trainings please visit NIJC's calendar at https://www.immigrantjustice.org/calendar.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client/witness interviewing/advice, client counseling, case management, trial skills, writing/drafting, motions practice, advocacy

Skills and resources required

Most of NIJC’s clients speak languages other than English and will require an interpreter for case preparation. Although NIJC has a list of volunteer interpreters, it is the attorney/firm/corporation’s responsibility to pay for interpretation costs if you can’t find a volunteer to help you.

Location

Chicago, IL