Unaccompanied Minor Defense

unaccompanied children were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in October 2015 (double from the same period in 2014)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees finds that half of the children who came to the US suffered or face harm

“Two overarching patterns of harm related to potential international protection needs emerged: violence by organized armed criminal actors and violence in the home.”

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
  • requests for administrative closure

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. To the left, SJC’ attorney Cyndi Tyler, discusses the program and her clients.