The purpose of this symposium is twofold: to facilitate learning about working with children who entered the United States unaccompanied, and to spotlight and celebrate the amazing work being done by our fellow advocates around the state of Texas.
Across Texas, advocates are working with courage, competency, compassion, and creativity to support children who entered the U.S. unaccompanied. The symposium will include presentations from these advocates on their experiences and expertise in working with children and youth in immigration proceedings, sharing legal strategies and best practices for working with a particular client population.
The topics presented this year will be:
- Getting Your Case Together: Asylum Affidavits & Exhibits
- Prosecutorial Discretion: Putting a strong packet together, even after it has been referred to immigration court
- Best Practices for Representing Children in Competency Hearings
- Innovative Communication Tools and Resources Using Play, Active Engagement, and Trust Building with Unaccompanied Children
- SIJS Beneficiaries and Naturalization
- Unaccompanied Children and Ethics: A Practical Guide