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Webinar Provides Information on Unaccompanied Children and the State Courts

On August 14, 2014, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), in partnership with Casey Family Programs held a webinar on the recent influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) across the U.S./Mexico border. The webinar provided background information for state court judges and practitioners on the UAC issue, and the potential impact on juvenile and family cases. The webinar panel included Judge Patricia Macias (ret.), Casey Family Programs; Dr. John Martin, Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS); and David Slayton, State Court Administrator of Texas. Panelists presented statistics on this recent trend, explained the state courts’ role, shared effective court practices, and provided recommendations for state courts to prepare for this influx of unaccompanied immigrant children.