Author's Note: This piece was written with the assistance of Dorothy Emily Wu, Juris Doctor Candidate 2013, Georgetown University Law Center.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Relief for Neglected, Abused, and Abandoned Undocumented Children
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
© 2012 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Special Issue: Immigration Issues in the Juvenile and Family Courts
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 48–62, Winter 2012
How to Cite
Junck, A. (2012), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Relief for Neglected, Abused, and Abandoned Undocumented Children. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 63: 48–62. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2011.01071.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a form of immigration relief available to undocumented children who are under the jurisdiction of a state juvenile court (defined broadly), who cannot be reunified with one or both parents due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment, or similar basis under state law, and in whose best interest it is to remain in the United States. Although immigration is a federal issue, Congress has directed that state juvenile courts make the factual findings that establish basic SIJS eligibility. Without these findings, children may never be able to legalize their status in the U.S. and become productive, contributing members of society.