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.



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


*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.

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Review of Gender, Child, and LGBTI Asylum Guidelines and Case Law in Foreign Jurisdictions

Practice advisory from the Center for Gender & Refuge Studies intended for use by U.S. attorneys representing asylum seekers involving claims of gender-based persecution and sexual orientation and gender identity-related persecution as well as claims involving child applicants. This resource first discusses what these types of claims entail and how they are defined. Then it provides country by country summaries of any relevant laws, regulations, guidelines, case law, and other sources on these types of claims in key refugee receiving jurisdictions.

Central American-Mexican Gang Claims: Social Group Considerations and Working with Expert Witnesses

A report from an expert on Central American gang issues on how to work with expert witnesses in fear-based immigration relief cases.

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14345867097_2_gangclaims_TomBoerman.pdf 93.54 KB

Practice Advisory on Domestic Violence-Based Asylum Claims

This Practice Advisory from the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies focuses on fear-based claims (e.g., asylum) based on violence against women and girls at the hands of intimate partners. It explores laws and guidance on how to represent clients with these claims.

A Supplement to First Steps: A Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention

A Supplement to First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention. This resource provides specific information on rights, responsibilities, and benefits for lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as permanent resident aliens, legal permanent residents, and green card holders.

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1441226435LIRS_FirstSteps_LPR.pdf 780.02 KB

NIJC Particular Social Group Practice Advisory

Practice advisory from the National Immigrant Justice Center, exploring how to craft particular social groups in fear-based immigration cases, with a special focus on how courts treat social visibility as an element of a social group definition.

CAIR Coalition Practice Manual for Pro Bono Attorneys Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

This manual is intended to provide practical and useful information for attorneys acting as pro bono counsel for unaccompanied minors in the immigration detention and removal system. The manual covers the four most common forms of relief available to immigrant children: asylum, U visa, T visa and SIJ status.