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Colorado Lawyer
April 2018

Beyond Borders: The Case for Pro Bono Representation in Immigration Proceedings
By Mekela Goehring and Phil Barber

Children in immigration proceedings face equally complex challenges and are greatly disadvantaged by lack of legal representation.he New York Times reports that, based on data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, between October 2004 and June 2016 more than half the children who did not have lawyers were deported. Conversely, “only one in 10 children who had legal representation were sent back.” Many of these children are eligible for relief from deportation under existing federal immigration law, including protections such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas for victims of human traicking, and U visas for victims of certain other crimes. Yet without an attorney to protect their rights and best interests, many children are deported without the opportunity to assert these protections.........[Citing TRAC research].

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