Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children | CLINIC

Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children

There has been a dramatic increase in unaccompanied children and families with young children fleeing to the United States since the beginning of 2014.  Children are detained and placed in removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge.  They may be released from custody but they still must fight their case in court.  Children's cases in Immigration Court are very complicated yet even children do not have the right to appointed counsel.  The most common forms of relief sought by unaccompanied children are Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for children who are the victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect or asylum, primarily gang related or child abuse claims.  The following resources provide information about the surge in unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border and the common forms of relief available to them.