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By Martin Gauto

On March 4, 2015, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) and Public Counsel (both based in Los Angeles) reached an important agreement with the DHS that allows certain applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and SIJS-based adjustment of status to request that the USCIS reopen their cases. Perez-Olano v. Holder, Case No. CV 05-3604 (C.D. Cal. 2005).  SIJS is an immigration benefit that allows children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect to become lawful permanent residents.

Leviticus 24:22

You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike. I, the LORD, am your God.

Background on Family Detention

The US immigrant detention system grew more than five-fold between 1994 and 2013.

In 1994 the daily detained population on a given day was 6,785 people. By 2013, that number grew to 34,260 – a figure mandated by Congress.

This two-day training provides a complete overview of how to start and sustain a nonprofit immigration legal services program. Attendees will receive updates on the status of Administrative Relief as well as information about how to prepare to serve potentially eligible clients in addition to those seeking other immigration legal services.

Why are state and local policymakers increasingly taking immigration matters into their own hands?

This two-day event combines one-day of hands-on training to give immigrant advocates, community-based organizers and legal service providers the knowledge of planning and implementing a large "mega" group application workshop serving 250 or more people for naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and future administrative relief. The following day, participants will volunteer at a large group application naturalization workshop.