Children's Immigration Law Academy
COVID-19 Changes: As we are based in Houston/Harris County, Texas, where the Mayor and Harris County Judge have both declared public health emergencies and many school districts are closed, CILA also grappled with the same issues. As of today, the ABA has instructed as many of its workers to work from home as possible, so CILA’s office is now open virtually!
No matter where we may be physically located, CILA is committed to providing our same high quality services to all legal service providers that need it. We have had to cancel some of our upcoming in person trainings; however, the rest of our activities are ongoing. We are able to provide technical assistance, trainings and other resources, by drawing upon our already robust online systems. We will answer emails, phone calls, and web case assistance requests, and we will be continuing to update our blog, Legal Updates, and add resources to our website throughout this period. We will keep our calendar of events updated as well.
The Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA) is a project of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration. CILA is a legal resource center that supports attorneys working on children's immigration cases throughout Texas. CILA provides individualized technical assistance and training to attorneys that represent children in immigration proceedings. CILA also seeks to foster collaboration among these attorneys.
What We Do:
CILA accepts technical assistance requests from attorneys by phone, email, or online. CILA hosts regular live and webinar trainings for attorneys and legal staff. A calendar of events can be found on the CILA website. CILA hosts regular working group calls on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and UC asylum. Attorneys and legal staff can be added to our listserv by sending sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. CILA provides access to recorded live trainings, recorded webinar trainings, and online resources through the website.