• Maria Cordon

Special Immigrant Juveniles. #Unaccompanied Alien Child, #Family District Court, #Asylum.

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

An unaccompanied alien child (UAC) is defined at 6 USC Section 279(g)(2) as a child under age 18, who has no lawful immigration status in the United States, who has no parent or legal guardian child in the U.S., or no parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.

I assisted a child obtain legal relief through Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Pub. L. 110-457 (TVPRA) was signed into law on December 23, 2008 and became effective on March 23, 2009. Section 235 enhances efforts to combat the trafficking of children. Because Section 235 (d)(7)(B) of TVPRA places initial jurisdiction with the Asylum Office during removal, I filed the asylum application with USCIS. I also filed an uncontested Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR) with the Harris County District Court.

He was granted asylum by the Asylum Office, I joined the Office of Chief Counsel's motion to terminate in immigration court, and the judge granted it. I will be able to file his Application for Adjustment of Status with a correct birth certificate. Teamwork.

I have been fortunate to work with Catholic Charities and recommend any attorney who wants to do an SIJ pro bono case to contact them.

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