Meeting Archive:
Identifying and Raising Capacity and Mental Competency Issues in Children's Immigration Cases

Meeting Description:
Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) invites you to a webinar on child capacities & mental competency in immigration cases. The webinar will help attorneys develop strategies for identifying capacity & competency issues when working with children. It will provide guiding principles & best practices for working with traumatized children & mental health experts as attorneys develop & prepare a child’s immigration case.
Victoria Mora, Senior Staff Attorney at CILA
• Overview of the immigration law & policies regarding capacity and mental competency as addressed by EOIR, DHS & ORR
Damir S. Utrzan, Ph.D., LMFT
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) & Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor
• Defining trauma using the biomedical model (e.g., Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) & recognizing its symptoms
• Understanding how trauma impacts children differently from adults with emphasis on multiple developmental domains (i.e., physical, emotional, language, adaptive)
• Effectively working with youth (i.e., children, adolescents) seeking asylum and/or other forms of relief to maximize information gathering while reducing re-traumatization
• Recognizing differences between clinical (i.e., psychological) assessments & forensic evaluations, in addition to, successfully working with mental health experts
Erica Schommer, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law 
Meghan Casey, Supervising Attorney at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 
• Determining capacity & competency of a child client
• Ethical obligations in representing children with capacity or mental competency issues in immigration proceedings
• Litigating due process issues for children with capacity or mental competency challenges
1.0 hour (.25 ethics) CLE credit has been approved by the State Bar of Texas
Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM CST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Dalia Castillo-Granados