For the first time in Washington state's history, an appellate court has ruled that failure to appoint counsel to a foster youth violated the youth's legal rights.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a report on how to impose discipline in academic settings without discrimination on race, color, or national origin.
The toolkit aims to assist advocates in creating a community-based system for helping youth charged with status offenses such as running away and truancy.
By Annie Chen
Unaccompanied minors without lawful immigration status in the United States face the threat of deportation and desperately need access to competent attorneys that can help them navigate the U.S. legal system.
By Meghan Johnson and Kele Stewart
Whether facts of abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one parent alone are sufficient to make one of the required SIJS findings has been subject to divergent interpretations by state courts and has yielded disparate results.
By Marcia Zug
Family and juvenile courts and child welfare agencies routinely express the belief that a parent's undocumented status means the parent is, by definition, unfit, without any additional evidence, despite immigration law's presumption that deported parents retain custody of their children.
Lourdes Rosado interviews Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, about how the center has built a large support system for children by combining full-time advocates with pro bono attorneys. (18:21 min)
In the second installment of the series, hear as Lourdes Rosado interviews Professor Don Duquette about his experiences starting and building the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan. (16:53 min)
Listen as Professor Brent Pattison and current law student and former foster-care child Lori Bullock discuss three critiques of legal representation brought forth by young people who are in the child-welfare system. (7:56 min)
The number of unaccompanied immigrant youth who arrive with no adult at our borders is skyrocketing with approximately 24,000 youth detained in 2012, more than three times the number of youth detained in 2008. These children have no right to a lawyer. (00:59:14)
School districts are increasingly implementing alternative approaches to school discipline in response to the backlash on exclusionary practices that disparately impact students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged minority groups. (01:03:37)
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