Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Children’s rights in immigration proceedings

With stories of parents and children being separated at the border being continuously reported in the news in California, many people are concerned about the separated or unaccompanied children and how they are treated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Two previous legal agreements provide some protections for children who enter the U.S. either as unaccompanied minors or with their families.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the Perez-Funez injunction

The TVPRA is a federal law that was enacted under former President George W. Bush in 2008. This law established the rights of unaccompanied minors against mistreatment. The TVRPA provides different treatment for children based on their nationality. For children who come from noncontiguous countries, they must be transferred from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within 72 hours. They must also be given the right to a full hearing in front of an immigration judge before they can be deported. The Perez-Funez injunction orders the government to advise unaccompanied minors about their legal rights before trying to get them to agree to voluntarily depart.

The Flores Settlement and the least restrictive settings

The Flores Settlement also offers important protections to minors. Under this agreement, children under the age of 18 must be detained in the least restrictive surroundings possible. Unlike the TVPRA, the Flores Settlement applies to all children and not just unaccompanied minors. Children must be released from government detention without delay under this agreement. Typically, children should be allowed to live with relatives in the U.S. while their immigration cases are pending instead of being housed in detention facilities.

Immigrant children are especially vulnerable and may not know that they have due process rights. People whose children or relatives are being detained by ICE may want to get help from an experienced immigration law attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer may represent his or her client in immigration proceedings and work to secure his or her release from detention. An attorney may help his or her client secure status as an asylee or refugee so that he or she can remain in the U.S.


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