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How to Support Students in their Immigration Journey:
The Legal Perspective

with Natasha Quiroga, Esq.

Almost 18 million children in the U.S. live with at least one immigrant parent and 2.2 million of those children immigrated themselves, some accompanied by a parent and many by themselves. With another large wave of unaccompanied immigrant youth crossing the Southern border, these children face a long and challenging legal process to obtain immigration relief for themselves and/or for their families. What are the types of immigration detention that children and families may have experienced and what immigration relief options do they have? What are the various immigration policies impacting these students? This workshop will explore the legal process facing these students and how we can best support them as they navigate school and their legal journey.

In this 3 hour workshop, participants will:

  • learn about the types of immigration detention and immigration relief (asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, etc.) for children and families 

  • examine the challenges facing immigrant children through their legal journey

  • analyze the various policies impacting immigrant students (family separation, deportation, access to higher education/in-state tuition)

  • explore where to find community resources and legal services for immigrant students and their families

  • and develop strategies for supporting immigrant students and their families through the immigration process.

Your Trainer:

Natasha Quiroga, Esq. (she/her/ella) has spent the past 20 years advocating for immigrant children, youth, and families as a lawyer, fundraiser, and executive director. Most recently, she was Director of the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) and Senior Counsel in the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Natasha led Flores Settlement Agreement monitoring visits to family and children’s detention facilities and managed pro bono engagement to support separated parents during the 2018 family separation crisis. Natasha has served as the first full-time Executive Director of Escuela Bolivia (now Educación Para Nuestro Futuro) in Arlington, Virginia, and advised state and local education agencies on compliance with federal education laws at an education law firm. Natasha received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and a Master's in International Politics with a concentration in Children and Youth Development from American University School of International Service. She received her B.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Natasha is fluent in Spanish and is licensed to practice in New York. 

Notes about Registration:

  • To register with a credit or debit card, use the form below.  

  • We also accept purchase orders for payment by invoice. Please email Jonny ( with the information you need from us to process the PO.  Once the PO has been set up, Jonny will register the attendees manually. 

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