Prof. Theo Liebmann Successfully Argues Appeal for SIJS Before NY’s Appellate Division

Theo Liebmann, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs

Professor Theo Liebmann, director of Clinical Programs and attorney-in-charge of the Youth Advocacy Clinic, successfully argued an appeal before New York’s Appellate Division on March 27. The appeal was only the second in the Third Department on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of immigration relief available to youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

The appeal stemmed from a family court’s denial of a Honduran teenager’s application for SIJS findings. The teenager, an honor student in high school who had lived in the United States for 10 years, had been abandoned by her father and exposed to domestic violence.

The Third Department made the SIJS findings, agreeing with the Hofstra Law Clinic’s argument that SIJS eligibility is possible where reunification with just one parent is not viable, and finding that the child was abandoned by her father and that reunification with him is not a viable option.

Read the full decision on the New York Unified Court System website.