Legal Rights/Placement

Flores v. Meese Second Amended Complaint

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardian... MORE

Letter to Attorney General

Letter by Coalition of 177 children's rights, civil rights, faith based and immigrant rights' groups urging AB to halt government's practice of pursing immigration proceedings against children who do ... MORE

In re Y.V. Opinion

Opinion from CA Court of Appeals in Y.V. . In the opinion, the appeals court reversed a juvenile court disposition that required the youth to be held in juvenile hall and turned over to ICE. It rem... MORE

Judge Increases Pressure on U.S. to Release Migrant Famiiles

NY Times article about enforcement of 1997 settlement in Flores v. Lynch, a case concerning the treatment unaccompanied children.The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement establishes requirements for the r... MORE

Order re Response to Order to Show Cause

Final Order enforcing the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Lynch, which established requirements for the release of minors who have been detained by immigration officials and specifies th... MORE

Minute Order in Flores v. Johnson

In Chambers Order by Judge Dolly Gee stating that immigrant children who are accompanied by a parent when they are detained by immigration officials are entitled to the protections of the Settlement A... MORE

In re Christian H. Decision

Decision in the case In re Christian H. . MORE

Amicus Curiae Brief - In re Y.V.

The Youth Law Center has applied for leave to file an amicus brief in a second juvenile case pending in the California Court of Appeal in which the juvenile court ordered the youth turned over to fede... MORE

Public Comments from Youth Advocates on DHHS ORR PREA Commnets

Public Comments from Youth Advocates on Department of Health and Human Services' Interim Final Rule to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Childr... MORE

Brief of Amici Curiae Youth Law Center and Public Counsel Law Center

Amicus Brief of Youth Law Center and Public Counsel in the Matter of Christian H., a case pending in the California Court of Appeal, in which a youth’s immigration status prevailed over consideratio... MORE

Motion to Enforce Settlement

Motion to Enforce Settlement and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Enforce Settlement of Class Action (Flores v. Johnson). MORE

Press Release

Press Release on Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Johnson MORE

Legal Rights of Teens in Out of Home Care (2014)

This booklet, based on California law, covers some of the concerns of a youth in out-of-home care, including types of placements, guardianship, independent living, role of the courts, visitation, conf... MORE

Letter Urging Senate to Pass Children Immigration Reform S. 744

This letter urges the senate to: -Protect S.744’s pathway to citizenship for the 11 million, including the DREAM Act, and ensure that the youngest DREAMers have access to the same 5-year pathway t... MORE

Amendments to S. 744 That Affect Children and Families

The First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) is committed to advocating for passage of immigration reform that addresses the specific needs and interests of children. As the Senate continues deliberat... MORE

The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act

This is a summary of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act that builds upon humanitarian protections proposed and enacted by the Bush and Obama administrations... MORE

Principles for Children in Immigration Reform

Two page document advocating the following: - A direct, clear, and reasonable pathway to citizenship. Any pathway to citizenship must be open, affordable, safe, and accessible to children in nee... MORE

200+ Advocates Offer Principles for Immigration Reform that Works for Children Press Release

This press release is about more than 200 organizations representing children, immigrants, academia, faith traditions, and civil rights who released on February 5th a set of principles for immigration... MORE

Flores v. Reno Stipulation Extending Settlement Agreement and for Other Purposes; and Order Thereon

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardian... MORE

Flores v. Meese Stipulated Settlement Agreement

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardian... MORE

Prop. 187 Violates our Beliefs about Caring for Children

Op ed piece about Prop. 187, which would only allow services for children who can demonstrate that they are citizens, permanent residents, or lawfully admitted temporary residents MORE