Nora Goes To Court

Published On: March 16, 2016Views: 417

It might surprise you to hear that immigrants are not given free legal representation in court — even if they are children.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently sued the Justice Department regarding the issue of no representation for children.  During a deposition in the lawsuit, Immigration Judge Jack Weil claimed that children as young as three can represent themselves in court.  My three year old daughter Nora and I gave it a try.  You might imagine just how that turned out.

There has been much backlash since the deposition went public.  Several other immigration attorneys have created the same videos, with the same predictable results.  The media attention and public outcry against Judge Weil’s statements are heartening.  Maybe this means that going forward,  children who have fled violence in their home countries and  who find themselves alone will have an advocate assigned to them.  If Nora and I can help make that happen in my Austin immigration practice and beyond, we are glad to do it!

About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as greencards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job. After the pandemic we began offering bankruptcy services in addition to immigration I realized how much lack of information there is in financial literacy resources in Spanish.

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