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6/29/2020

Federal Immigration Agency Must Release Children from Family Detention Centers, Judge Rules

Comparing the threat of coronavirus to fire tearing through a house, a federal judge on Friday ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release minors who have been held in family detention facilities for more than 20 days by July 17.

5/6/2020

Immigrant Rights Group Issues Guidance on Family Reunification Process Amid Coronavirus

COVID-19 has complicated the process of reuniting immigrant families with their children when a parent with an ongoing child welfare case is either in ICE custody in the U.S. or has been deported.

4/24/2020

Judge Tells Agencies to Speed Up Release of Young Immigrants
Move aims to protect unaccompanied youths from spreading coronavirus

 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has violated its legal obligation to speedily release unaccompanied immigrant children from federal custody and reunify them with relatives or other suitable guardians, a district judge in California ruled late Friday. 

4/9/2020

After Court Action, Unaccompanied Minors Starting to Leave Risky Group Settings in New York City

Following an emergency federal court action taken last week, New York group home providers caring for unaccompanied Central American minors have begun to move some of those children out of shelters that now constitute a contagion-risky environment in a city that has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. 

9/4/2019

Foster Mom Reflects on Six Years Caring for More Than 100 Central American Children

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program began in 2003 as part of a recognition by both political parties that when children arrived alone at our border, often in search of safety from circumstances back home, they warranted special protection.

8/22/2019

Advocates Say Trump’s Flores Rule Change is ‘a Call for the Mass Internment of Children’

The Trump administration is expected to formally release new regulations Friday that would remove time limits on how long the federal government can detain migrant children.

The new rules would end the 1997 Flores agreement which prevents the government from keeping detained minors in immigration custody for more than 20 days, whether they’re with their families or traveling alone.

6/13/2019

Website Changes Foreshadowed New Trump Limits on Unaccompanied Minors Program

Changes made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website before May 23, 2019, foreshadowed policy changes related to unaccompanied migrant children that were not announced, even to ORR grantees, until May 30, 2019.

4/11/2019

Movement to Stem Family Separation in Child Welfare Gains Momentum

On Thursday, scores of attorneys, judges and other child protection professionals descended on Washington, D.C., for the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Parent Representation.

The conference’s name is suggestive of the family justice revolution brewing within child welfare law.

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2/21/2019

Citing Trump’s Family Separation Policy, California Lawmakers Call for State Oversight of Unaccompanied Minors

A group of California legislators want the state to exercise more oversight over the federal program that handles unaccompanied minors from other countries, including the ones who were separated from their families under Trump’s controversial 2018 policy.