Juvenile and Dependency Issues


Immigration Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency Matters


Special Immigrant Juvenile Status


(SIJS is only one path to lawful status for immigrant youth. Clients should consult an immigration lawyer to explore all possible options.)



The following advisories were primarily authored by the Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP), with contributions by WDAIP. They are also available on the IPP page. (Note that these advisories are available only to WDA members, and require a login.)


This practice advisory describes basic immigration concepts and how they intersect with a dependency defense practice.

This practice advisory reviews practical tips for mitigating the effects of dependency findings for noncitizens in immigration proceedings and for supporting reunification for noncitizen parents with their children in dependency actions.

This practice advisory reviews types of immigration relief available to noncitizens involved in dependency actions.

This practice advisory reviews practical considerations for attorneys representing incarcerated or detained noncitizens in supporting child-parent relationships and access to services in dependency actions.