What is a Country Conditions Report?
In an SIJS proceeding, an attorney may submit a Country Conditions Report to the probate or juvenile court that synthesizes research on the immigrant youth client's country of origin. The report serves as evidence that it is not in the child's best interests to return to the child's country of origin.
Preparing a Country Conditions Report for Your Client: Useful Resources
Attorneys working with immigrant youth seeking SIJS should file a country conditions report with the court. When preparing the country conditions report, attorneys should cite to the relevant:
Attorneys should supplement this research with additional newspaper articles and online resources. Attorneys may find materials such as the Human Rights Watch 2015 World Report, for instance, particularly useful depending on the country of origin.
A PDF version of a model country conditions report is available for download here: Country Conditions_Mexico -Redacted.pdf.