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Updates to Representing Unaccompanied Children in California

Speaker(s): Ana Moraga Archila Yamane, Katie Annand, Kristen M. Jackson, Marcos Pacheco, Marion ("Mickey") Donovan-Kaloust, Rachel Prandini
Recorded on: Nov. 18, 2020
PLI Program #: 304454

Ana Moraga Archila Yamane is a Senior Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) where she supervises its Bay Area Direct Representation Team and represents unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. Ana’s interest in the law was awakened through her experience as co-founder of the organization MuJER- Mujeres por la Justicia, Educación y el Reconocimiento (Women for Justice, Education and Awareness). Ana served as MuJER’s Executive Director for five years. She developed spaces of personal and political empowerment with Central American women sex workers and advocated for policies to end violence against women in Guatemala. 

Ana’s work with the immigrant community is sustained by a combination of love and resistance practices, including her involvement in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Ana received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, is a member of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative and the California State Bar.

Katie Annand is the Managing Attorney of the San Francisco and Fresno offices of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).  KIND represents unaccompanied children and youth in removal proceedings through direct representation and pro bono mentorship.  Katie leads trainings for pro bono attorneys, partner organizations, and the community on representing unaccompanied children, incorporating a trauma informed lens and cultural responsiveness.  Katie joined KIND in February 2016 after running a successful solo practice specializing in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of legal relief for undocumented children abused, abandoned or neglected.  Katie also worked as a volunteer and staff attorney with the Immigration Center for Women and Children, where she represented clients seeking SIJS and U visas, and as an associate with Reed Smith, LLP in the commercial litigation and financial services groups.  Katie is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of Law, and of Wesleyan University, where she majored in anthropology and international relations.  Katie is licensed to practice in the state of California, and she is fluent in Spanish.

Kristen Jackson is a Senior Staff Attorney in Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. She has expertise in asylum and children’s immigration issues, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the intersection of immigration and juvenile justice. Kristen has litigated SIJS issues in state and federal court and is co-counsel in federal litigation seeking government-appointed legal representation for children in removal proceedings. She has authored numerous publications, including a practice advisory on suppression and termination strategies for children, and she taught the Asylum Clinic at UCLA School of Law for over a decade. Kristen clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Marcos Pacheco is a former Asylum Officer from the San Francisco Asylum Office. During his tenure, he adjudicated asylum claims from around the world in the San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle offices. He also adjudicated credible fear claims both in person and telephonically for immigration detention centers around the United States. Currently, Marcos works as a Supervising Immigration Attorney at a local nonprofit organization, La Raza Centro Legal. During his time at La Raza Centro Legal, he has successfully represented clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the San Francisco Asylum Office. He has also assisted clients with humanitarian visas, adjustment of status, and naturalization before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Marcos has a law degree from Gonzaga University School of law, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in US Government from California States University of Sacramento.

Marion (“Mickey”) Donovan-Kaloust is a current directing attorney and former Skadden Fellow and staff attorney in the Children’s Representation Project (CRP). She manages Immigrant Defenders Law Center’s Riverside Satellite Office and oversees the organization’s provision of representation to detained unaccompanied children and refugee minors. She graduated from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in public interest law and policy. She earned her B.A. from Goucher College in Maryland. Prior to entering law school, she was a public high school teacher in Los Angeles, and she also worked with Kids in Need of Defense and Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. 

Rachel Prandini is the ILRC’s immigrant youth project attorney based in San Francisco. Rachel focuses on immigrant youth issues, including unaccompanied minors and immigrant youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Rachel provides technical assistance and trainings to immigration and state court attorneys, social workers, and judges. She works on statewide and national policy that affects the rights of immigrant youth and is frequently consulted for her expertise in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Rachel co-authored the ILRC’s publication Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth.

Prior to joining the ILRC, Rachel represented detained and released unaccompanied minors in removal defense and led a project focusing on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. While at Esperanza, Rachel also performed "Know Your Rights" work in southern California immigration detention centers for minors. Previously, Rachel worked as an associate at Paul Hastings, LLP and volunteered as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied minors.

Rachel earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis, where she was a member of the Immigration Law Clinic and was fortunate to work on complex deportation defense cases and detention issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Westmont College, where she double-majored in philosophy and political science. Rachel is admitted to the bar in California. She is conversant in Spanish.