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SIJS: Forced to work the fields at 12 and Abandoned by Father, Teen Wants to Fight Deportation

Oscar* is a 17-year-old Guatemalan boy who was neglected by his alcoholic father and forced to work in the fields at the age of twelve.  The money he earned was used to feed his siblings and mother, as well as himself.  Now that he is in the United States, Oscar is living in Maryland with his great aunt and doing well.  He wants to stay with her and needs pro bono help to fight deportation.

 

All CAIR Coalition matters placed with a pro bono team are robustly mentored by a CAIR Coalition attorney.  Our mentoring program includes an opening meeting to discuss the scope and process of the matter, provision of samples, guidance on the law, review of draft filings, assistance with client contact, and guidance on preparation for interviews and hearings.  

 

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Oscar grew up in Guatemala, where he lived with his parents and three siblings.  Oscar's father, an alcoholic, worked in the fields about 1-3 times a week.  Any money he earned would go directly into buying alcohol. Oscar's father told Oscar that it was Oscar's responsibility to support the family.  At that time, Oscar was only 12 years old. Oscar began working in the fields at age of 12, giving any money he earned to his mother so that she could buy food.  His sister left the home for one to two months each year to also help earn some money for food.  Sometimes the family had no money for food. Eventually, Oscar fled to the United States.

 

Oscar' sgreat-aunt, living in Maryland, is now seeking custody.  He wants to stay in the United States with her.  

 

Oscar is eligible for SIJS due to abandonment by his father.  SIJS is available to unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, who cannot be reunified with one or both parents, and for whom returning to their home country is not in their best interest.   SIJS requires three approvals, one from a state family court and two from USCIS.

 

In order to assist Oscar , a pro bono team will appear in state family court to obtain an order that the child meets the requirements for SIJS; prepare and submit an SIJS application package with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; appear with the child at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services interview, if required; and, handle the adjustment of status paperwork.  There may also be a brief scheduling hearing with an Immigration Judge.

 

Oscar's native language is Kiche, but he also speaks Spanish fluently.

 

For more information about this case, please contact Michael Lukens at 202-870-5962 or michael@caircoalition.org.

 

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.

Teen Girl, Abandoned by Father, Wants to Remain with Sister in the U.S.

Amelia* is an 18-year-old girl originally from El Salvador who is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  Amelia and her mother were abandoned by Amelia's father when Amelia was still a baby and has never provided any financial or emotional support.  Amelia's mother is elderly, suffers from diabetes, and is unable to care for Amelia.  Amelia now lives with her sister in Baltimore, Maryland, and wants to stay with her. 

 

All CAIR Coalition matters placed with a pro bono team are robustly mentored by a CAIR Coalition attorney.  Our mentoring program includes an opening meeting to discuss the scope and process of the matter, provision of samples, guidance on the law, review of draft filings, assistance with client contact, and guidance on preparation for interviews and hearings.  

 

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Amelia grew up in El Salvador after she and her mother were abandoned by her father when Amelia was still a baby.  Her father has never provided any emotional or financial support.  Her elderly, very ill, mother unsuccessfully sought to care for her.    In El Salvador, Amelia worked as a server in order to pay for her schooling and for her mother's medicine. 

 

Now that she is in the United States, Amelia is living with her sister in Maryland and doing well.  Amelia's sister and adult niece seek joint custody of Amelia.  

 

Amelia is eligible for SIJS due to abandonment by her father. SIJS is available to unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, who cannot be reunified with one or both parents, and for whom returning to their home country is not in their best interest.   SIJS requires three approvals, one from a state family court and two from USCIS.

 

In order to assist Amelia, a pro bono team will appear in state family court to obtain an order that the child meets the requirements for SIJS; prepare and submit an SIJS application package with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; appear with the child at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services interview, if required; and, handle the adjustment of status paperwork.  There may also be a brief scheduling hearing with an Immigration Judge.

 

Amelia speaks Spanish and is living in Baltimore, Maryland.  

 

For more information about this case, please contact Michael Lukens at 202-870-5962 or michael@caircoalition.org.

 

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.

 

Young Teen Wants to Remain with his Mother

Jose* is a 13-year old boy from Honduras who was abandoned by his father and came to the United States to be with his mother. He now faces deportation and separation from his family. He is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and needs help applying and stopping his deportation.

 

All CAIR Coalition matters placed with a pro bono team are robustly mentored by a CAIR Coalition attorney. Our mentoring program includes an opening meeting to discuss the scope and process of the matter, provision of samples, guidance on the law, review of draft filings, assistance with client contact, and guidance on preparation for interviews and hearings.

 

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Jose’s father left the family when he a young child. To support the family, Jose’s mother came to the United States. Jose grew up with his grandmother, who cared for him for well but is now elderly. His mother sent money back to Honduras to support Jose.  Jose has never received money or emotional support from his father.

 

Jose is now living in Virginia.  He is eligible for asylum and for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

 

SIJS is available to unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, who cannot be reunified with one or both parents, and for whom returning to their home country is not in their best interest.

 

For more information about this case, please contact Michael Lukens at 202-870-5962 or michael@caircoalition.org.

 

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.

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