Catholic Charities Dioceses of Cleveland, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Ohio AILA, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Clinical Programs, and the Ohio State Bar Association have partnered to create training videos for attorneys who are willing to assist immigrant children pro bono, but who may not be experienced in immigration law.
The webinars below were originally aired as quick webcasts for continuing legal education (CLE) credit by the Ohio State Bar Association on the dates indicated. In the videos, you will see prompts to obtain CLE credit. Please note that CLE credit is no longer available for these webinars.
Webcast originally aired October 5, 2015:
Ohio Custody Orders for Immigrant Children
This webcast will explain best practices for obtaining custody of an immigrant child by someone other than a parent, or by one parent. When an immigrant child is seeking protection under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the custody order must contain special language in order to be accepted by USCIS. These requirements will be discussed as well as arguments supporting why the person seeking custody of the child needs an order to effectuate necessary tasks such as school enrollment, consent for medical treatment, and obtaining a passport.
Webcast originally aired October 16, 2015:
How to file an Asylum Claim for a Child in Removal Proceedings
This webcast will explain which forms must be completed to file an asylum claim for a child in removal proceedings, where to file the forms, examples of what should be included as supporting evidence, and how long adjudication normally takes. This webcast does not include discussion on how to argue for a particular social group in your asylum claim. It is highly recommended that you seek other webinars or consult with experienced practitioners on how to argue for a particular social group before you submit your asylum application.
- Table of Contents for Materials
- Appendix Q – ICE Instruction Sheet for UAC Asylum Applicants
- AILA doc
- OSBA Slides How to File an Asylum Application for Children in Removal Proceedings
We encourage you to view these webinars in conjunction with the additional resources listed below. Representing immigrant children can be complicated, but there are many free resources available to help you.
- NIJC- Several webinars available https://www.immigrantjustice.org/training-webcasts
- CLINIC EJW- Several webinars available https://cliniclegal.org/resources/ejw-webinar-series#w8\
- CLINIC- webinar on how to represent a child in immigration court. This webinar is good at explaining the basics of immigration court for a non-immigration practitioner such as what an NTA is, what a master calendar hearing is, how you plead. https://cliniclegal.org/civicrm/event/info?id=276&reset=1
- NIJC- sample asylum briefs http://immigrantjustice.org/asylum-brief-bank-membership-particular-social-group
If you are interested in taking a pro bono case for an immigrant child in Ohio, please contact Catholic Charities at 216-939-3735.