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Unaccompanied Minors: How Texas Lawyers Can Help
If you are an attorney looking for ways to help unaccompanied minors in need of legal representation, visit our attorney volunteer page at texasbar.com/volunteer.
Free: A Guide to Immigration (PDF)
Immigration law, which sets forth the rules on when and how a non-U.S. citizen may enter the country, is an integral part of our society. This guide is intended to give you a broad understanding of the process.
derechos - TYLA/ProBAR Unaccompanied
Children's Project (YouTube video)
Presentación de los menores detenidos en Inmigración en procedimientos de deportación.
Cada año, cientos de niños sin la compañia de un adulto llegan a la frontera de Texas después de huir de abuso, abandono o persecución en sus países de origen. Sin una representación legal adecuada, estos niños permanecen en detención, incapaces de navegar por el complicado sistema de inmigración y enfrentando una deportación. La Asociación de Abogados Jovenes de Texas de la Barra de Abogados de Texas (TYLA) se ha asociado con el Projecto de Representacion de Asilo Gratuito del Sur de Texas (ProBar) para aumentar la conciencia, participación y entreanamiento sobre este tema, y para proveer servicios gratuitos legales a esto niños inmigrantes.
Presentation for Unaccompanied Detained Minors in Immigration Removal Proceedings. (Spanish-language video)
Each year, hundreds of unaccompanied children reach the Texas border after fleeing abuse, neglect, or persecution in their home countries. Without adequate legal representation, these children remain in detention, unable to navigate the complicated immigration system and facing almost certain deportation. TYLA has partnered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBar), to increase awareness, participation, and training on this issue, and to provide pro bono legal services to the unaccompanied immigrant children.
“Notarios” or “immigration consultants” are increasingly targeting immigrants throughout the United States, using false advertising, fraudulent contracts, charging large sums of money, and ultimately providing no help to individuals. Immigrants often turn to notarios in hopes of gaining legal status or for assistance in drafting other legal documents. In many cases, however, notarios ruin any chance for immigrants to obtain legal status.
The resources on this page are intended to inform the public about this dangerous practice and provide help to victims.
- ¡Protejase! - Luche Contra El Fraude: Videos sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, warning against notario fraud, are available in both English and Spanish (YouTube Videos). Also download the Protejase! booklet en Español (PDF).
- Consumer video, “The Truth About Notarios,” from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The video is available in both English and Spanish formats.
- Consumer video, "Fight Notario Fraud," is made available by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. The video is available in Spanish format.
- The American Bar Assocation offers consumer resources about notario fraud on its website.
- The Federal Trade Commission's website offers resources to help you identify and avoid fraud against immigrants. The information is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Creole, and Vietnamese.
- Unauthorized Practice of Law: Texas Laws, Regulations and Procedures for How to File a Complaint Against a "Notario Publico," a resource of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Inc.
- Commentary: 'Notarios' are not attorneys, McAllen Monitor (Aug. 26, 2014)
- Cómo evitar ser víctima de fraude migratorio, Univision (Aug. 20, 2014)
- State Bar Warns Immigrants Should Choose Legal Help Carefully (Aug. 11, 2014)
- State Bar of Texas warns against unauthorized practice of law in unaccompanied minor cases (Aug. 8, 2014)