Unaccompanied Minor Defense

Unaccompanied minors are youth who were apprehended at the border without a parent. They fled their countries of origin because of terrible abuse and violence. Many left everything behind, including their parents.

SJC provides full-scope removal defense for unaccompanied minors of all ages. Attorneys file applications for as many types of relief as possible, which includes:

  • asylum
  • visas for victims of trafficking
  • visas for victims of crime
  • special immigrant juvenile status
  • motions to suppress

SJC attorneys and staff take special care working with minors. We work hard to find responsible mentors for the youth and also connect them with mental health services.

SJC was selected to take part in a pilot project sponsored by the Immigration Court to provide universal representation for unaccompanied minors. In this video, SJC’ attorney Cyndi Tyler, discusses the program and her clients.