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Press Release - HGSE Conference 12.19.14

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

Transcripts - Press Release - HGSE Conference 12.19.14

  • 1. MAIN OFFICE: 205 PORTLAND STREET, THIRD FLOOR, BOSTON, MA 02114 TEL: 617.523.1500 - FAX: 617.523.2400 SATELLITE OFFICE: 570 WEST MAIN STREET, HYANNIS, MA 02601 TEL: 508.827.7990 - FAX: 508.957.2570 JOYCE & ASSOCIATES, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW WILLIAM P. JOYCE * ** CHRISTINA A. ÇORBACI † BRIAN M. DOYLE * Also admitted in Virginia AMANDA M. EKEY ** Also admitted in Washington, D.C. EDWARD G. FARWELL† † Also admitted in New York ALEJANDRO HEREDIA-SANTOYO †† Also admitted in Pennsylvania HANNAH B. KUBICA †† ††† Also admitted in New Hampshire JAMIE L. VANARIA††† FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2014 Joyce & Associates, P.C. selected to present at prestigious 2015 conference at Harvard The Honorable William P. Joyce, Laura Joyce, Mackenzie Cunningham, and Kalina Yingnan Deng have been selected to present at the 13th annual Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) in late February 2015. Their proposed workshop will illuminate the multi-pronged needs of Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJs). Per federal estimates, more than 140,000 unaccompanied minor immigrant children are anticipated to enter the US in 2015. Motivated by poverty, violence, and family reunification, unaccompanied minor children grapple an onslaught of challenges in America the Beautiful, not least among them navigating the complexities of the US immigration system and receiving adequate resources in their local schools. As such, this workshop sheds light on a most “wicked” social problem by investigating it from the social work, legal, and education perspectives. Just this fall, US schools enrolled an additional 50,000 students, and cash-strapped districts in the Southern bordering states got hit the hardest. Yet, the federal government and schools remain ill-equipped to adequately handle what President Obama has deemed an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Not only do these children require specialized English language training but also health screenings and social and psychological services to address their experiences of trauma in their home countries. A licensed social worker currently in her second year at Boston College Law School, Laura Joyce further illustrates SIJs’ quagmire in the nexus of education, social services, and the law: “In providing care, both educators and social workers need to quickly adapt to treatment of immigrant youth. Best practices for assisting immigrant youth include language and cultural sensitivity, providing trauma informed care, and working with collaterals to effectively address multi-pronged needs. As for special immigrant juveniles, legal professionals, social workers, and school administrators need to join forces to uplift this underserved student demographic.” Presenting at Harvard AOCC for her second year, the firm’s Director of Outreach Kalina Yingnan Deng summarizes the team’s objectives: “In the spirit of this year’s theme of ‘The Other Narrative,’ our workshop will utilize breakout activities to uplift the wisdom in the room. We hope to garner the personal and professional experiences of the attendees to brainstorm action plans to ameliorate the plight of immigrant youth in our own communities.” END ###

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