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Juliana came to the United States as a seven-year-old, crossing the border from Michoacán Mexico with her four-year-old sister. Her father, who had been living in California for years, was essentially a stranger to her and she soon learned she wasn't safe with him. 1/9 Image
Juliana is one of thousands of young people in CA who have Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of humanitarian relief for immigrant children placed in the custody of a state agency or person appointed by a court bc of parental abuse, abandonment, or neglect. 2/9
In 2018, Public Counsel joined @manatt and @lccrsf in filing a class action suit challenging an unlawful policy by the Trump Administration that would have denied humanitarian relief like SIJS to hundreds of immigrant children in CA. Juliana was one of the class members. 3/9
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