Cases & Deals

Jones Day secures guardianship for unaccompanied minors from Guatemala

Clients R.F.H.V.

Jones Day recently represented the uncle of two girls, ages 11 and 14, who had emigrated from Guatemala to the United States fleeing hardship and poverty. The children were detained at the border as unaccompanied minors and the Office of Refugee Resettlement designated our client to be his nieces’ sponsor during the pendency of their immigration proceedings. Jones Day represented our client in securing full legal custody of his nieces and a ruling that the children are dependent under Georgia law. Further, the court issued the requested findings that (1) it was not viable for the children to be reunited with one or both of their parents and (2) it was not in the children’s best interests to return to Guatemala. These findings are necessary in order for the children to pursue Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and the permanent residency status that it accords, from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Utilizing the predicate order secured by Jones Day, the children are actively pursuing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status under the representation of Catholic Charities.