Safe Passage Project Mentioned in Businessweek Article

Immigrant Children Get Pro Bono Assist: Business of Law

By Ellen Rosen | August 01, 2014

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Huffington Post Op-ed: “We Must Honor the Rule of Law for Desperate Children at the U.S. Border”

Huffington Post | July 31, 2014

Some suggest that the refugee crisis unfolding on our southern border has been triggered by disrespect for the law. But, what exactly does the law require that we do with these desperate children?

The law provides, first, that we protect the basic rights of these kids, their physical safety, health and well-being. Second, we have an obligation to determine who among them has a legal right to stay and who must go. Finally, we must ensure that all such determinations regarding the immigration status and rights of each child are made with full respect for due process.
That is, in fact, what the law requires. Now, however, a consensus seems to be emerging between the White House and Congress to diminish the protection and due process rights of children… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lenni-benson/desperate-children-and-th_b_5637806.html?1406818232

Claire Thomas Quoted in Voices of NY Article: “Central Americans Learn About the Law”

By Nancy Ayala | July 29, 2014

… Thanks to recent trainings, Safe Passage Project, an advocacy group at New York Law School which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration court, is now working with approximately 200 pro bono attorneys.

Claire Thomas, staff attorney for Safe Passage, said in an email to Voices of NY that the number of unaccompanied children in the U.S. has increased substantially since the organization started to keep track of those figures more than two years ago. The organization is taking approximately 15 to 20 new children’s cases each month…

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Nikon Limberis, Safe Passage Attorney of the Week

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Nikon Limberis is an estate planning and real estate attorney who focuses on residential and commercial real estate law. Mr. Limberis began his career on Wall Street, where he worked closely with a number of hedge funds. After working in finance for fifteen years, Mr. Limberis changed course and enrolled at New York Law School as an evening student. After graduation, Mr. Limberis opened his own private practice.

Mr. Limberis first heard about Safe Passage about three years ago from a law school classmate, who told him about  and all that Safe Passage was doing on behalf of immigrant children living in New York  City. Following that conversation, Mr. Limberis knew that he had to be part of the team.

Recently, Mr. Limberis successfully represented a young Guatemalan boy in Immigration Court, Family Court, and before USCIS. Just last week, he filed his motion to terminate in immigration court and hopes to help his client obtain permanent residency before the end of the year. Mr. Limberis also recently agreed to represent a young boy from Honduras on behalf of Safe Passage.

Mr. Limberis says his experience working with Safe Passage has been “ absolutely amazing”. He believes it to be self-gratifying and states that he is “excited to help in any way that he can.” Despite not having a formal background in immigration law, he has found Safe Passage to be supportive every step of the way.

During his free time, Mr. Limberis enjoys spending time with his family – especially his two daughters, who are 3 and 4 years old. As a family, they like to travel and be together. Mr. Limberis is also  an avid golfer and loves soccer. He has found that sports is one of the easiest ways to bond with his clients. As a long time Arsenal supporter, Mr. Limberis loves talking soccer with his clients.

*** Safe Passage Attorney of the Week profile written by Safe Passage Intern, Holly Hickman.

City Bar Letter on Appointment of Counsel and Due Process for Children

Re: H.R. 4936, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act

To: Representative Goodlatte, Senator Leahy, Senator Mikulski and Representative Rogers

The letter urges Congress to provide appointed counsel for all children in removal proceedings and to give all children access to full removal hearings, rather than rolling back the protections of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

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New AIC Fact Sheet: “Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court”

American Immigration Council | Published On: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

As the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the United States border has increased, some lawmakers have argued that children frequently fail to appear for proceedings and thus proposed mandatory detention as a solution. Some say as many as 90 percent fail to attend their immigration court hearings. Yet government data recently published by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) indicates the opposite. Not only do a majority of children attend their immigration proceedings, according to TRAC, but 90 percent or more attend when represented by lawyers… http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/taking-attendance-new-data-finds-majority-children-appear-immigration-court

AILA Practice Resources Available to the Public

Practice Resources to Help Children and Families Affected by Humanitarian Crisis in Central America (Updated 7/25/14)

Thank you to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for making these resources available generally. We hope that these resources will be able to help supplement the materials that the Safe Passage Project provides. Please check the dates because the laws are constantly changing, and some of the Safe Passage Project materials may be more current.

http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=49496

NY Times Article and Interactive of Interest

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans

FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | JULY 24, 2014

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal… http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/world/americas/administration-weighs-plan-to-move-processing-of-youths-seeking-entry-to-honduras-.html

Children at the Border

HAEYOUN PARK | July 25, 2014

More than 57,000 children have been caught crossing the United States border alone since October — double last year’s number. President Obama has called the surge an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and lawmakers have called for hearings on the crisis…  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/us/questions-about-the-border-kids.html

America’s Voice Article of Interest: Statement by Frank Sharry

WHAT’S NEEDED: A CLEAN SUPPLEMENTAL, NOT CURSORY INTERVIEWS THAT COULD RESULT IN CHILD REFUGEES BEING SENT BACK TO THEIR DEATH

America’s Voice | July 23, 2014

The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, with respect to the current Congressional debate regarding Central American children who are seeking safety at our border.

As the House Working Group’s recommendations released today make clear, Republicans are hell bent on tying any supplemental appropriations to changes in the 2008 TVPRA.  This is exactly the wrong way to address this emergency unfolding in the region.  It will result in children who are eligible for protection in the United States being sent back to the violence they escaped… http://americasvoice.org/blog/whats-needed-clean-supplemental-cursory-interviews-result-child-refugees-sent-back-death/

Open Letter to President Obama for the Protection of Child Migrants

Open Letter to President Obama July 18 2014 (Click to view)