Obtaining legal representation is only one hurdle faced by New York's unaccompanied immigrant children, Jojo Annobil, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society, told NBC News in a special report on these children who appear in New York's priority dockets, the Immigration Courts that handle these cases.
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According to the New York Law Journal, a movement to treat 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes as adolescents, not adults—an issue on the back burner in Albany for 50 years—has gained ground, and advocates of children are hoping to achieve their goal of success from this year's Legislature.
Adriene Holder, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society, was one of six prominent alumnae of Columbia Law School, who are “working at the leading edge of efforts to eradicate systemic racism, inequality, and poverty in New York City” featured in an article, Toward Justice for All.
This is the statement of Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice at The Legal Aid Society:
We are disappointed by the Court’s decision and stand by the importance of unsealing. Eric Garner was a son, father, husband and grandfather. His family, and the Staten Island community, deserve to know why, despite a clear video of Officer Pantaleo putting Mr Garner in a chokehold and an medical examiner’s report ruling his death a homicide by chokehold, there was no indictment on any charges. We will be appealing the Courts decision to the Appellate Division.
Marlen Bodden, a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Practice's Special Litigation Unit, will be honored by the Carver Foundation with the 2015 Child of America Award on May 8. Bodden is also the author of The Wedding Gift.
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