1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-238-6300 Fax: 215-238-1267 www.philadelphiabar.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Meredith Avakian-Hardaway
The number of children entering the U.S. without their parents has grown steadily over the last four years, increasing 300 percent since 2011. It is predicted that 90,000 immigrant children will cross the border without their parents this year. Join us at a Thursday, July 24 Chancellor's Forum for the discussion "Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors: The Humanitarian Crisis Not Just at Our Borders."
These children are fleeing for a complicated set of reasons including gang violence and domestic violence, lack of governmental protections in their home countries and long time separation from family members, some in temporary lawful immigration status in the U.S. A number of children reside in the Philadelphia region. This humanitarian crisis presents important challenges for the legal community as the children have immigration and family law matters that will require understanding of the unique issues facing these children in family/dependency courts and commitment of pro bono resources. The forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about the issue.
Speakers for the program include Nicole Boehner, UNHCR Protection Associate; Elizabeth Yaeger, HIAS PA; Peter Gottemoller, MSW from Lutheran Children and Family Services; Steve Larin, Nationalities Service Center; and Cathi Tillman, LSW, executive director, La Puerta Abierta.
Breakfast sponsors include Samuel S. Fels Fund and The Philadelphia Foundation. Program co-sponsors include Esperanza Immigration Legal Services; HIAS Pennsylvania; Juvenile Law Center; La Puerta Abierta; Nationalities Service Center; Public Interest Section; Criminal Justice Section; Family Law Section; Immigration Law Committee; Lutheran Children and Family Service; Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition; Support Center for Child Advocates; United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia; and AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition.
The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program but registration is required. SOLD-OUT.