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9/1/09 CLSR Fellow Works with Special Immigrant Juveniles

The 2009-2010 Fellow for the Center of Law and Social Responsibility, Adonia R. Simpson '09, has been pursuing her specialized project with Attorney Jane G. Rocamora at the Harvard Immigration Clinic of Greater Boston Legal Services.  Over the next eight months, Simpson will focus on Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) who are detained and in the custody of the federal government.  These children frequently have been not only the victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect but also may be possible victims of trafficking.  The project’s objective is to obtain legal permanent resident status for these children in the United States, which requires representation at both the Worcester County Juvenile Court and Boston’s Immigration Court.  SIJ status allows the children to have continued foster care support until age 21.  At the end of this project, Simpson intends to publish a manual to serve as a guide and resource for pro bono attorneys in Massachusetts working on these types of cases.  For more information, contact Simpson at

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