Protecting Immigrant Clients in the Juvenile Justice System

Juvenile justice proceedings often cause confusion and anxiety for youth and their family members as they struggle to understand the short- and long-term consequences of involvement with the delinquency system. Attorneys representing youth know the challenge of explaining these complexities in ways that are meaningful. For immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system, the consequences can be even more overwhelming and dire, and attorneys representing these youth have a duty to understand and advise their clients about the potential repercussions while ensuring that they take advantage of a unique opportunity to help youth stabilize their immigration status, ensuring a successful transition into adulthood.



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