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Project Protect (Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York)
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When: 08/22/2014
10:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Where: Greenberg Traurig White Plains office
445 Hamilton Avenue
White Plains, New York  10601
United States

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The plight of immigrant children on the country’s borders has been front page news for the last few weeks. What you may not know is that there are up to 600 immigrant children currently placed in facilities here in Westchester County, and many more already released to relatives here.  It is estimated that about half these children have legal remedies that would enable them to obtain legal status.  What they don't have are attorneys who can protect their due process right to proper adjudication by representing them in legal proceedings to apply for these benefits.

The most common remedy  for these children is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, often called “SIJ” which may require hearings in New York State Family Court and/or New York Immigration Court, followed by a submission to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

The care and compassion of the legal community has resulted in a new collaboration in Westchester among Pace Law School, the nonprofit sector, our bar associations, and leaders of the private bar.  The goal is to begin an unprecedented pro bono  project that will include training, supervision and mentoring of attorneys who volunteer to provide representation and counsel to these immigrant youth.

Please join us to plan the implementation of Project Protect -- Westchester's new Pro Bono Immigrant Justice Initiative. Greenberg Traurig, LLP has generously offered to host our meeting and help lead this effort.