Immigration

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field.

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U.S. Department of Justice Practice Tips for the Three-Year-Old Pro Se Litigant

U.S. Department of Justice Practice Tips for the Three-Year-Old Pro Se Litigant

Here at the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Children, Families and the Law, we advocate on issues of policy and law on behalf of vulnerable Americans, but also want to provide concrete, practical information and advice to the many attorneys in our field. At every opportunity, we want to help you be a better lawyer for your clients in your local courtroom. Toward that objective, we note that attorneys representing unaccompanied minors in immigration court now include children as

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Dolly, Dilley and Corrections Corporation of America: Imprisoning Mother and Child for Profit

Dolly, Dilley and Corrections Corporation of America: Imprisoning Mother and Child for Profit

“Follow the money,” said Deep Throat, at least in the glamorized, movie version of Watergate (I’ve known many exceptional newspaper reporters, I’ve just never known any that looked like Robert Redford). Ever wonder why institutionalization of marginalized populations seems so resistant to reform? In the second quarter of this year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) had 49 million reasons to favor a public policy of locking up children and families. Their revenue increased $49 million over the same quarter in

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Asking for Asylum and Receiving Incarceration: Mothers, Children, and the Department of Homeland Security

Asking for Asylum and Receiving Incarceration: Mothers, Children, and the Department of Homeland Security

“We never thought they would do this to us,” said the letter, handwritten in Spanish by nineteen immigrant mothers locked up with their children in an unlicensed detention center in Karnes County, Texas. “We came fleeing violence in our countries looking for refuge and protection… Some of the teenagers say they’d rather roll a sheet around their necks and kill themselves because they don’t want to stay detained.” For the fortunate among us, immigration is a topic that can come

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Thanksgiving in July?

Thanksgiving in July?

Human relationships are transactional, and it’s no disrespect to human nature to suspect that a “thank you” may mean more than “thanks.” The giver may hope the expression of gratitude motivates the receiver to do even more of the thing they’ve just been thanked for. Parents who thank their older son repeatedly for not punching his little brother quite as often know what I’m saying. So, thank you. We started this blog in May of 2014 with no funding and

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